THEOLOGY 101 in BITE-SIZE PIECES
By Award Winning Author, Judy Azar LeBlanc
Copyright © 2010 Judy Azar LeBlanc
"I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud, and your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you." Isaiah 44:22b
As you may already know, the act of redemption is a doctrine that is written about throughout the Old Testament that was fulfilled by Christ in the New. It basically means to recover ownership of something or someone by paying a specific sum. In Hebrew, Brown, Driver, Briggs and Gesenius translate it to be ga'al and padah and both have various definitions and applications which are listed in Appendix H. However, for this purpose, the best example of the act of redemption that I have found in the Old Testament is depicted in the story of Boaz and Ruth. It tells of what the legal responsibilities of a kinsman redeemer were for those who were under the law. Deuteronomy 25:5-10 reveals that this custom required a close relative to marry the widow of the deceased (the kinsman) in order to continue his family line. Although it is not explicitly written on the pages of this story, there are some striking similarities that parallel Boaz's act of redemption on behalf of Ruth, and Christ's act of redemption on behalf of His church. As the story is written, Ruth was a widowed Moabite who after marrying a Judaite became a convert; therefore she was under the Mosaic Law. Boaz however was not the nearest relative and therefore had no legal responsibility to act on behalf of Ruth as kinsman redeemer. Nonetheless, by a show of his love and grace, he found a way to fulfill the law and ultimately became her kinsman redeemer. What I also found to be enlightening is that men like the prophet Isaiah and the Psalmist speak about redemption in the past tense. In chapter 44, the prophet writes: "I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud, and your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you" (44:22); and "For thus says the LORD, "You were sold for nothing and you will be redeemed without money" (52:3). Keeping in mind that the power of redemption is in the hands of the redeemer and not in the hands of the redeemed, the price that was paid to buy back what rightfully belongs to God was the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Christ.
In the New Testament, however, Thayer and Smith's translation of the Greek term carries a much deeper meaning. The terms redeem or redeemed are both translated as Lutroo and defined to mean "liberate by payment of ransom; to deliver from evils of every kind, both internal and external;" Lutrosis as "a deliverance from the penalty of sin;" and Exagorazo to mean "of Christ freeing the elect from the dominion of the Mosaic Law at the price of his death;" and Since Christ did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it, (Matthew 5:17), this particular quality is peculiar to the term redemption in the New Testament. Therefore, the moment we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are freed from the law (Exagorazo); our souls are redeemed (Lutroo) by our kinsman redeemer; and we are delivered from the power of the prince of darkness (the diabolical system that is hostile towards God) and transported into God's Kingdom.
Personally, I like to think of it as He paid the full price for us, thus He has full right to claim us as His own possession. As Paul so succinctly put it, "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?" (1 Corinthians 6:19).
MANY FACES TO MANY PLACES
By Award Winning Author, Judy Azar LeBlanc
© 2006 Judy Azar LeBlanc. All rights reserved.
~To be paralyzed in the face of fear is only temporary; but to never go beyond is crippling for life ~
~Happiness can never be captured, and is only elusive when it is chased after ~
~To be in the presence of loneliness is to feel ~
~Mankind thinks only of living because he is dying, and it is only in dying that he gains his freedom to live ~
~Knowing peace is having stillness in your heart while in the middle of confusion ~
~Do not let one hand say to the other, “Stop, for I have already given.” ~
~To have a friend, you must first be a friend to yourself ~
~Those whose eyes are open cannot see for they are blinded by the lust of all that is around them, and it is only when your eyes are closed that you may see that which is not visible ~
~The beauty that adorns the earth is not imitation ~
~The sole purpose of universal justice is to keep man’s character in balance ~
~You are the gold, and love is within your heart ~
~There is no greater power than the power of love ~
~Faith does not know that there will be a tomorrow, but hopes that there is ~
~Freedom is to forgive one another for a perceived wrongdoing ~
~Hate is but a symbiotic need for love ~
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