The Redeemer

Eternal redemption is obtained through the blood of Christ, and in no other way. We were all lost and gone for ever. Then Christ came to redeem those that were lost, to pay the ransom price. “When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (Gal. 4:4,5) Therefore, he is called the Redeemer. “And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.” (Isa. 59:20) The Lord says in Psalm 40.–“Lo I come: in the volume of the Book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God, yea, thy law is within my Heart.” He redeemed us by fulfilling the law that we had violated. He restored that which he took not away. He rendered to the law of God a tenfold righteousness to that which we had lost. We broke it as creatures, but the obedience of Christ is the Creator’s obedience.

I like Dr. Hawker’s remarks on this point. He says that Christ greatly exceeded in this respect. It was needful that the justice of God should be fully satisfied.”Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things…..But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish, and without spot.” (1 Pet. 1:18,19) Without shedding of blood there is no remission.” (Heb. 9:22) There is redemption by blood and by power. “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed out of the hand of the enemy.” (Ps. 107:2) Here is redemption by power. I hope you can join with me in feeling both these parts of redemption. What brought us out of the world? Was it not the power of God? Do you know the redemption by the remission of sin, the knowledge of salvation by the remission of sins? How did the Lord show that? I don’t say he does it always in the same way. There may be many here, who have had the pardon of sin without the word being applied to them in any particular way, as it was to me, “Son, be of good cheer, thy sins are forgiven thee.”

I like Mr. Hart’s words on this point–“The sinner that, by precious faith, Has felt his sins forgiv’n Is from that moment pass’d from death, And seal’d an heir of heav’n.” – John Vinall


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