Loving Our Redeemable World
Hebrews 6:10 - For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.
Ephesians 3:20-21 - Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
3 reasons the doctrine of redemption should change the way we view the world around us
I. Redemption Has a Powerful ______________
A. Alongside several eternally significant concepts _______________ to our salvation
Soteriology – the doctrine of salvation
1. Dikaioo – legal acquittal of a charge. Used theologically to speak of a sinner’s being vindicated, justified, and declared righteous before God (cf. Romans 3:4, 4:25, 5:18; 1 Timothy 3:16)
2. Aphiemi – to send away. Used to indicate the legal repayment or cancelation of a debt or the granting of a pardon (Matthew 9:2; Romans 4:7)
3. Huiothesia – the legal process of adopting a child. Represents the believer’s being adopted into the family of God (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:5)
4. Katalasso – to legally reconcile to disputing parties in court. Used of a believer’s reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:10; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20)
5. Agorazo – refers to buying or purchasing (from agora – marketplace). Speaks of the price paid for our salvation (Galatians 3:13; Revelation 5:9)
6. Lutroo – to release from captivity. Paying a ransom in order to release a person from bondage, especially slavery
B. A strong _____________________ background for the people of God
1. ________________ in the Old Testament law
Leviticus 27:13 - But if he should ever wish to redeem it, then he shall add one-fifth of it to your valuation.
2. A _______________ part of Old Testament life
Ruth 4:6 - The closest relative said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, because I would jeopardize my own inheritance. Redeem it for yourself; you may have my right of redemption, for I cannot redeem it.”
3. A way for Old Testament saints to __________ about their Lord
Job 19:25 - As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth.
4. An important element of Old Testament ______________
Psalm 34:22 - The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.
Psalm 71:23 - My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You; and my soul, which You have redeemed.
5. A __________ point for the anticipated Messiah mission
Luke 24:21 - But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened.
C. Well-known to the ____________ of Ephesus
v. 7 – we have redemption
II. Redemption Requires a Tremendous __________
A. It’s “through His __________”
1 Peter 1:18-19 - …knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
Revelation 5:9-10 - Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.
B. Which provides the __________ for our mission
1. ________, not cynicism
2. At the level of the __________, not the level of the hands
Romans 6:17-18 - But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
3. Viewing the __________ less like an encyclopedia and more like a novel
III. Redemption Provides Marvelous _________________
A. _______________________ of our trespasses
Ephesians 1:7 - In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace…
B. An ________________ relationship with the Redeemer
v. 6 – in the Beloved
v. 7 – in Him
v. 9 – in Him
v. 10 – in Him
C. ____________ and insight
Ephesians 1:8-12 - …In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will…to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.