Redeemed And Justified

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14 (NKJV)

We often hear and use the word, saved to describe who we are as Christian men and women, but what does it mean to be redeemed and justified?

The word redeemed means, “To buy out,” and throughout the Old Testament we can see that it is a term used for purchasing a slave's freedom.  Since the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, each of us has been born in sin and as such we were in bondage/slavery.  As believers in Christ, God has redeemed us through the death of Jesus upon the cross of Calvary.  And as such, we are no longer in bondage to sin — we have been rescued from the dominion of darkness and brought into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Col 1:13-14). In God’s Word we are told in Him (Jesus) we have “redemption” through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace (Ephesians 1:7).  

Prior to the death of Christ we can see in the Old Testament the atonement for a person’s sin was attained through the sacrificed blood of animals.  But it was only temporary, because it was not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sin (Heb 10:4).  Only Jesus’ blood could take away the sin of the world.

The biblical meaning of the word justified is to free somebody from sinfulness by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  In other words, “Not guilty!” God paid for the sins of the world with the blood of Christ, simply because of His grace (unmerited favor).  And because of this, we as believers have been justified by our faith in Jesus before God.

Q: So does everybody need to be justified?

 The answer is, yes!  The scriptures tell us everyone is guilty of sin.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23 (NKJV)

But then the very next verse gives us the great news, as it says, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Rom 3:24).  Jesus Christ was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification (Rom 4:25). The result of this justification is we have peace with God.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, Romans 5:1 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  You have been redeemed and justified by your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Praise Jesus!  

STUDY QUESTION: What do the words, redeemed, and justified, mean? 

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you see the importance of knowing the meaning of these words as well as how they affect your life?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to allow God to help you to share the message of redemption and justification with others today. 

PRAYER: Father, thank You for redeeming and justifying me.  Use me today to share what this means with others.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings upon your day, Scott






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