My Redemption {Preaching Gospel to Yourself}

I want to share with you about something very close to my heart – redemption. You may know that my one word for this year is redemption. When Arabah Joy approached a few of us about this series, I knew right away that I wanted to share my word – my redemption – with you. Please take just a moment to read through the brief introduction to learn how this series works. My post on redemption is below. 

 

It’s likely you’ve heard the admonition to “preach the gospel to yourself.” But do you have a practical, systematic way for doing that? What do you say when you preach the gospel to yourself?

The gospel message about Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection has the ability to enrich us and make us wealthy in mind and spirit, word and deed (see Colossians 3:16). Yet if we have little grasp on how to effectively let it, we miss out on the power it holds.

Preaching the gospel to ourselves means allowing our thinking, emotions, and responses to daily be shaped by the truth of the gospel.

In this series, we hope to give you practical help in preaching the gospel to yourself. We’ve pulled key gospel concepts and compiled them into a list of words, such as justification, redemption, and sanctification. Don’t let the big words scare you because we’ve explained them!

We’ve also summarized each of these powerful truths in a useable way.

We hope this series will deepen your grasp on the gospel and give you verbiage for what to say when you preach the gospel to yourself.

How to use this series:

To begin, read my post below. Then visit each of the links for more gospel words. Take notes while you visit! You may want to bookmark this page because you’ll probably want to come back here often.

Gospel Words:

Justification by Arabah

Sanctification by Jen

Redemption by Rebekah (See below)

Reconciliation by Kathy

Regeneration by Marci

Atonement by Leah

Adoption by Kerry

Consecration by Kimberly

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Redemption

In the Old Testament, 3 different Hebrew words are used to differentiate the 3 different forms of redemption. The first form had to do with a substitution brought on behalf of a person or animal to be redeemed. The second form entailed deliverance of a person or property to which someone had a previous claim. The third form of redemption, though, is the one I want to discuss here. It is from the Hebrew word kapar and means “to cover”. (You can read more about each of these forms of redemption here).

When a sacrifice was made for a person or piece of property to be redeemed, someone (or some form of sacrifice) covered the debt. The Old Testament had specific rules for what animal could be used as a sacrifice, and what family member (usually the next of kin) could redeem a piece of property or a person.

One of my favorite examples of redemption is from the story of Abraham. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac. He had Abraham take him away from home to a mountain in the region of Moriah, build an altar and prepare to sacrifice his son as a burnt offering, all the while not telling Isaac the plan.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son whom you love – Isaac – and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” 
Genesis 22:2 

Abraham and Sarah had waited years for their son, and then God tells Abraham to sacrifice him.

(How I’d really like to phrase that: And then God says to sacrifice him???) 

Abraham builds the altar, knowing why he is there.
Isaac questions where the sacrifice is. 
Abraham responds, certainly trusting in God to provide a redemption to cover for the sacrifice required:

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
Genesis 22:8 

The redemption could have come at any point. God could have provided the sacrifice during their journey, or as they were preparing the altar. God could have seen that Abraham was being faithful as he took Isaac away from home and toward the mountain.

As a parent, I cannot imagine the heartache that Abraham endured in all of this.
I doubt that Isaac willingly climbed onto the altar.
I don’t think that Abraham said, “Okay my son, you are the sacrifice, please hop onto the altar now.” 

In fact, Isaac was bound – tied. I cannot begin to fathom the torment that both Abraham and Isaac endured once Isaac realized he was to be sacrificed. The Bible doesn’t tell us if there was a fight, or if Abraham did something to render Isaac unconscious, or even if Isaac was full of enough faith to trust his father, no matter what.

At what seemed to be the last minute,
when Abraham had the knife in hand,
just before the very last breath Isaac would take…

the angel of the Lord called out to Abraham and told him not to harm Isaac. Abraham had shown his faith in God by being willing to sacrifice anything – even his only son. At that point, Abraham looked up and saw a ram stuck in the bushes.

God provided the redemption. He sent the ram to be killed in place of Isaac – to cover the sacrifice that God had required of Abraham.

I love how Hebrews 11, the great chapter on faith, sums up this period in Abraham’s life:

By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. 
He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death. 
Hebrews 11:17-19 

We’ve looked at an Old Testament example of redemption; what about the fulfillment of this word in Christ?  

The New Testament fulfillment of redemption (the shedding of blood for the atonement for sins) is found in just one name –

Jesus.

 

God knew that we would need to be redeemed. Our sin would eternally separate us from God. We would need to continue living by the Old Testament rules and regulations, requiring sacrifices for our wrongdoing.

In His wisdom, though, God chose to provide a way of redemption that would free us from the rules of sacrifice and atonement that were so prevalent in Old Testament times.

He chose to send His Son, Jesus, to be our redemption. 

Jesus, part of the Trinity, was fully God, but became fully man to stand in our place. He needed to be fully God to be able to be the perfect,  blameless redemption we would need. Yet, He would also need to be fully man in order to offer that redemption – the shed blood required for our salvation.

His love is so great for us, as His creation, that He chose to send Jesus as the redemption, once and for all, for our sins.

Jesus’ death on the cross, His burial and His resurrection provided the redemption we need.

Jesus’ death is the bridge between a gap that we cannot cross on our own. On one side is our humanness, our sin which leads to eternal death, and on the other side is everlasting life that is offered to us through salvation in Jesus.

What does that mean today?

That means you have been given an opportunity to choose, even today, to accept God’s offer of redemption. You have the opportunity to cross the “bridge” from eternal separation from God to eternal life with God.

People talk of a “sinner’s prayer” – there is no particular prayer that you must say to be saved. It simply needs to be an acknowledgment of your sin, asking forgiveness for your sins, accepting the free gift of salvation, thanking God for His redemption, and asking Him to be the Lord of your life.

My parents tell me that I first accepted Jesus as my Savior at a very young age – so young that I don’t remember. However, I do remember being 7 years old at a camp in Ohio, feeling that I needed to give my life to Jesus. That was the summer I understood the need for my redemption – that my sins would eternally separate me from God and that I needed to accept His offer of salvation.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.
Ephesians 1:7,8a

God loves you – loves me – enough that He sent His Only Son to provide a way for our redemption.

In our sin, we cannot appear before the Father and receive the gift of eternal life. If we accept the salvation provided by Jesus, though, then when we stand before the Father, we have the blood of Jesus to cover our sins.

Preaching Gospel to myself:

When I think of standing before God at the end of my life, I imagine a picture based on the lyrics from an older song, which I’ll share below. (Please realize – this is just a picture I use to help understand and explain salvation and redemption.) I imagine standing before the Father, having accepted Jesus’ redemption, but still very aware of the sin in my life. Jesus steps in front of me and says that His blood covers me, covers all my sin, and that He Himself has provided the redemption for my life.

I should have experienced a death like the one almost required of Isaac. I should have been the parent tormented by the requirement of the sacrifice of my firstborn son. My sin forever separated me from God…

until I accepted the free gift of salvation through Jesus’ redemption for my sins. Jesus took my sin when He died on the cross.

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In my life, I stand for redemption. I believe that it doesn’t matter how old you are, what your life has been like, where you live, your status in life – it doesn’t even matter how many sins you’ve committed, or how awful they were – we are all sinners who need Jesus’ redemption.

The day Jesus died, He was on a cross between two thieves. Those men had committed crimes that required them to die a horrible death. One of the thieves mocked Jesus, but the other asked Jesus to remember him when He entered heaven. He was asking for redemption, and Jesus promised a redemption for that man – a man whose sins required such a horrible death.

Friends, a price was paid for your life and for mine.
Jesus went to the cross – a death reserved for the worst of sinners – so that His blood could be shed in place of ours, as a redemption for our sins.
Has His blood covered your sins? Have you received His free gift of salvation?

This could be your day of redemption!

My Redemption – So Great a Salvation!

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Comments

  1. LOVE, love, love how you brought out the concept of covering. I’m thinking of the first sacrifice, the animal killed to cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness. Redemption really is that covering, at the price of blood. This post is just so rich and surprising too. Thank you for taking the time to study and write it.
    Arabah Joy recently posted…So Great a Salvation {How to preach the gospel to yourself}My Profile

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    Rebekah Reply:

    I just finished reading through the whole series. I’m so thankful to have had a morning at home where I could devote time to each post. Wow – what a blessing each one was! I know this is going to be a series that sticks with me for a long time, looking at many different aspects of the words associated with salvation. I’m so grateful for God’s redemption work!

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  2. Oh Becky, it is almost like you and I were sitting next to each other writing our pieces for this series. They fit so well together. Redemption is such a sweet thing, and you have explained it so well. I’m so glad you wrote this beautiful piece. Blessings, my friend.
    Leah Adams recently posted…So Great A Salvation: What to Say When You Preach the Gospel to Yourself ~ AtonementMy Profile

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    Rebekah Reply:

    Leah, when I read your post I was in awe of God’s goodness. How beautiful that we were able to share similar thoughts and pull from different Scripture verses in order to get more examples in front of the readers. LOVE God at work in the details like that! Blessings, friend!!

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  3. His willingness to “cover me” – it leaves me undone. Beautifully shared, Rebekah. I am praying God uses your post, this series, to move hearts under His covering!
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    Rebekah Reply:

    I’ve spent the morning drying my eyes as I’ve read through each post. Sometimes we just need to be intentional, as you beautifully shared, in getting back to God – running back to Him. How lovely to sit and spend time soaking all these truths in today. Thank you!

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  4. What joy to know that He paid the price to buy us back out of the market place of sin and make us His very own! Isn’t it so hard to fathom the agony that Father & Son endured on our behalf? Thank you so much for relating this Truth so beautifully.
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    Rebekah Reply:

    Beautiful – bought back from the marketplace of sin. I was just reading something else along those lines recently, too. Love when God ties it all together like this! Thank you, Kerry!

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  5. Becky, you did such a great job of clearly presenting the gospel here! I enjoyed so much about this post, but especially the word picture you painted at the end in talking about Jesus stepping in front of you. Praise the Lord, we are redeemed!
    Jen 🙂
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    Rebekah Reply:

    Amen! I thoroughly enjoyed studying through this word and the meanings. The meaning of “to cover” stood out so prominently, and the fact that God provided that covering through Jesus…amazing grace!

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  6. There is nothing more beautiful than a life redeemed! Heaven rejoices every time a sinner repents. I love that you shared the gospel message. I love the story of Abraham and Isaac, such trust and faith in God. It gave me goose bumps when you shared about Jesus stepping in front and declaring that His blood covers our sin, Yes! So thankful for Jesus. Thank you for such an encouraging post. Bless you, Tammy
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    Rebekah Reply:

    Your words are such a blessing!
    I got so much out of writing this post – I love those precious moments when God speaks to me as I’m spending time with Him. I’m so thankful that this was encouraging to you! Blessings!!

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  7. Oh my Comfort! Oh my Covering! Oh my Defender! Oh my Righteousness! Oh my Healer! Oh my Provider! Oh my EVERYTHING!!! Dreaming about Heaven after this! Take me HOME Lord! {But not until you have accomplished your will through my life here!}

    Blessed by this series, praying others will be set free. See Jesus and His amazing love. xo
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    Rebekah Reply:

    Amen! Writing this post was so much good for my own heart, and the fact that others are being blessed? Grace from God!
    Oh for the day when we are Home and we hear Him welcome us in! Amen!

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  8. Rebekah – I so love the reminder you so beautifully pointed out that our redemption is complete in Jesus – no more covering of sin, no more sacrifices over and over again because God gave the gift of His Son as a perfect sacrifice, once and for all. It is complete! Glorious truth in Ephesians 1:7,8a you shared – “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.” So blessed by this series today xoxo

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    Rebekah Reply:

    Thank you, Marci! The fact that God loves us and offers His redemption, no matter what…I cannot imagine. The only way I can even begin to comprehend that is with my own children – knowing that they are mine, and I love them, no matter what. But how much more magnified that is when we consider the love of God! Perfect redemption through His salvation! Blessings!

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  9. We are redeemed and we should start living like we really are. Let’s not forget to show the world how blessed we are. Great points, Rebekah.
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    Rebekah Reply:

    Thank you so much – I am really enjoying connecting with you, Lux! 🙂 Thank you so much for your encouragement these past ccuple weeks – it means more than you know!

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  10. What a beautiful explanation of Redemption, Rebekah! The picture you painted of Abraham getting ready to sacrifice Isaac brought goosebumps to my skin. I can’t imagine being in his place with one of my own children… Praise God for sending Jesus to take my place. My faith is so weak in comparison. Thankful it’s not the strength of my faith that saves, but instead in the one who died for me! Thank you for sharing the Gospel message in such a simple to understand way. I pray the Lord uses your words to tug at the hearts of those reading that may not already know Him. God bless, Tina

    PS: Visiting you via Grace & Truth Linkup today 🙂
    Tina M Wright recently posted…God’s Word Endures ForeverMy Profile

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    Rebekah Reply:

    Thank you, Tina! It’s all God’s doing because I really wasn’t sure where I was headed when I started thinking of what I wanted to say in the post. However, taking a look at Abraham and Isaac and really considering their feelings through that struggle – gave me a whole new appreciation for redemption. God is so good to love us enough to provide for our redemption! Thank you for your encouragment!

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  11. Thank you Rebekah for a wonderful and beautifully written piece on redemption. I want to share on my new web page as well. May God bless you and your family.

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    Rebekah Reply:

    Thank you, Jeneen! You’re always welcome to share – I sure appreciate it! Blessings!

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