We have posted this study several times before, so, please forgive the repetition, but it is Author’s favorite, and he requested it again.
You have probably heard before how our salvation is a free gift (free for you but it cost Someone great suffering and death), and just like a gift under the Christmas tree, it isn’t yours until you unwrap (accept) it.
From Clarence Larkin’s “Dispensational Truth”:
Adam and Eve were directly and personally created by God. If they had any children born while in that state of innocence, their children would have been born innocent. After they disobeyed God and sinned, they were separated from God and doomed to die, Gen. 2:17.
Their children were born sinners by inheritance, and all humanity received the penalty of spiritual and physical death. We sin, not as a result of environment or temptation, but because we have a sinful inclination. It is the natural disposition that we inherit from Adam.
As slaves to sin and death, men and women needed a radical redemption that would pay the price to set them free. Every religion other than Christianity (which is more of a relationship than a religion) seeks in one way or another to do “good works” in order to pay off the debt (to merit or earn freedom) that resulted in enslavement. But all human efforts fall short for “No man can by any means redeem his brother, or give God a ransom for him — for the redemption of his soul is costly, And he should cease trying forever” Psalm 49:7.
- The Price – the price of redemption is blood and only the blood of a perfect sacrifice was acceptable to effect redemption.
- The Person – Christ came to earth in order that He might be our Go’el (Kinsman Redeemer), the OT type He fulfilled perfectly by (1)- becoming our “kinsman” (human) (2)- possessing the means or price of redemption and (3)- manifesting a willingness to redeem.
- The Results- Christ’s radical redemption liberated sinful men from each of the harsh taskmasters: sin, death, Satan, and Establishment (the World System). The association of Christ’s redemption with forgiveness of sins has major implications on our responsibility and ability to forgive others. Jesus said, “this is the blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.”
Please click HERE to read the true story of an 1833 pardon by a US president and the Supreme Court decision of a convicted criminal that illustrates the free gift of redemption and our acceptance or rejection of it.