The heart of the Bible message is redemption by the blood of Jesus. "Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,  but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." (1 Peter 1:18-19)


            REDEMPTION IS BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS. "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace." (Ephesians 1:7.)  Redemption involves the idea of deliverance and salvation.  It is by the blood of Jesus that our shortcomings and trespasses are for­given.


      REDEMPTION IS FROM ALL INIQUITY. "Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Him­self His own special people, zealous for good works." (Titus 2:14) Christ purchased our freedom from iniquity or lawless deeds. Through this redemption He produced a people eager about living a life filled with good.


      REDEMPTION IS TO A LIFE THAT IS HOLY, BLAMELESS AND IRREPROACHABLE. "And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight." (Colossians 1:21-22)  Christians live lives that are holy and faultless before the Father. Nothing shows redemption more than a godly life.


      Can you honestly say, "I've been redeemed?" Eternal redemption is by the precious blood of Jesus. "Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption." (Hebrews 9:12)  Only those "in Christ" can claim redemption. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17) “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”  (Galatians 3:27)


By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ, P.O. Box 551, Greenville, Alabama 36037 USA