Theme:- Redemption is of God
Text: “For I will take you out of the nations and bring you back into your own land……..(Ezekiel 36:24-28)
Redemption implies the action of regaining of something through payment either in cash or kind. Theologically, it is action of saving or being saved from sin, error or evil. Redemption of the souls of mankind is entirely of God. No one, no matter how exalted or powerful, can redeem the soul of his fellow being (Psalm 49:7). As redemption is of God, no one should arrogate to himself the power of life and death over his fellow human being. Haman (Esther 7.), Herod (Acts 12:21-25) etc who attempted it in the past were utterly humbled.
God is always interested in our redemption. On daily basis he redeems us from dangers and renews us (Psalm 103:3-5; Psalm 23). And for the redemption of mankind, He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to redeem us from eternal damnation. Not only this, the Lord Jesus Christ sits at the right of God interceding for us.
Redemption being solely of God implies that we should:
(1) Worship and serve the only true God who has the power of life and death over us all not only in this world, but also in the hereafter (Matthew 10:28)
(2) No one should arrogate to himself the power of life and death over others.
(3) Our redemption from eternal damnation by the Lord Jesus Christ should be taken seriously because those who shrink from Christ’s redemption shrink into damnation (Hebrew 10:39).
Therefore, let us all dwell in the redemption offered us with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12) knowing fully well that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrew 10:31)
Lord Jesus Christ, grow in me
And all things else recede
My heart be daily near thee
From all sins daily freed.
Each day let thy supporting might
My weakness still embrace
Lord, let the grow of thy great love
Thy life my death efface
Church of Nigeria Hymnal 630 verses 1 and 2
The Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D