Reports on what God is doing through Bible believing evangelical Christians in Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, India and Ecuador. Jesus said, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you" (John 15:7).
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Christ Our Redemption
In the wisdom of God, the plan of salvation was fully accomplished by the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Such wisdom is hidden from the wise and learned of the world, but it revealed to the humble believer of Christ.
Christ alone personified the wisdom of God. “But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord’” (1 Corinthians 1:30-31, NASB 1995).
Christ is our redemption. From the moment we put out faith in Jesus Christ alone to save us, we were “Sealed unto the day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30). We already have the “first fruits of the Spirit” as we wait the redemption of our body (Rom. 8:23).
The wisdom puts to shame the high and mighty people of the world. The wise men of the world cannot understand how God’s grace in Jesus Christ changes sinners into saints. The mighty men of the world see the grace of God as foolishness and weakness (I Cor. 1:25-29).
God in His grace changes lives when they accept His wisdom and believe on Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Salvation must be all of grace so that He alone gets all the glory. “We are made righteous, holy, and redeemed in Christ Jesus. Redemption comes here last for emphasis through the very foundation of righteousness and sanctification,” notes A. T. Roberson. We are “Justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 3:24). God has ransomed setting free the person enslaved in sin.
There is a sense in which the believer is redeemed the very moment he believes on Christ as his Savior. But there is also the greater expectation that our redemption will not be complete in its fullest sense until the work of God is perfected in him or her.
We are now hidden with Christ in God, and our redemption will come to consummation when Christ returns in glory (I Thess. 4:17). At that time “We shall also bear the image of the heavenly” (I Cor. 15:49). We shall be glorified with Him.
Yes, our redemption is our present possession (Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14). We enjoy forgiveness of all our sins, and we have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as the first fruits and down payment of greater things to come. The full renewal and reward of our redemption is yet to come at the last day.
The foundation and basis for these great events is the death of Jesus Christ as our ransom (Mark 10:45). Christ came “To give His life as a ransom for many.” The meaning is Jesus paid the price for a slave who is then set free by the one who bought him. Jesus gave His own life as the price to purchase our freedom from the slaves of sin.
Jesus vicariously suffered death on behalf of the many who have fallen victim to death. His death was the ransom payment to redeem us (I Pet. 1:18-19). Christ “Gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity” (Titus 2:14).
The word “redemption” here probably embraces the totality of Christ’s work of salvation of the sinner. It embraces rescuing men from sin and Satan by the payment of Christ, and it extends to the believer’s final resurrection and glorification. It looks back upon the cross to the blood that bought our freedom, justification (Rom. 3:24), sanctification (Heb. 10:10), and forward to our resurrection and glorification (Rom. 8:23; Eph. 1:14; 4:30).
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.
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