I Am Redeemed

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"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” - 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

I am a forgiven sinner, and a redeemed daughter of the King of Kings! This forgiveness, redemption and reconciliation, are a gift of grace, by God.

God’s grace is a wonderful gift to humankind. Grace is God’s love, freely offered to us. We do not do a thing to “earn” it. It is offered to us freely!

Why does God love us so much? Because we are His creation, made in His image. And so, no matter how far we might stray, He is always there to love us back into right relationship with Him. And because we are made in His image, nothing else besides a relationship with Him can satisfy our soul, nothing!

What was that gift of love? His own Son, Christ Jesus, as a final and atoning sacrifice for all of humanity. No longer would blood sacrifices need to be made for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus was the last and final sacrifice needed!

I was utterly helpless. I was dead in my sin. But because of Christ’s sacrifice, I am alive and made new! Because of Christ’s sacrifice upon the cross, I have been restored to right relationship with God. I've been redeemed!

This reminds me of a favorite gospel song, "I've Been Redeemed," by Dale Mathews, 1996. It goes like this:

I've been redeemed. (Echo)
By the Blood of the Lamb. (Echo)
I've been redeemed. (Echo)
By the Blood of the Lamb
I've been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb
Filled with the Holy Ghost I am
All my sins are washed away
I've been redeemed.

Prayer: 
Thank You, Lord Jesus, that You have redeemed me! Because of Your atoning sacrifice, I have life. I am a new creation! Amen.
Date: 
Jan 27 2019