The Right to Our Redemption

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Peter 2:24a – Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree . . .

Previously we saw that Jesus gave himself for our sins, offering himself in place of man, and that because of his unselfish act we have received the complete right to God’s sanctification – we are set apart for heaven! Today we will further see that after Jesus gave himself for our sins, that he indeed received them, bearing them all the way to his cross (Colossians 2:14); this now gives us the absolute right to claim our whole and complete redemption.

Galatians 3:13 – Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

Galatians shows us that our redemption came by Christ hanging on that tree, and I Peter shows us that when he was on that tree (the cross), he himself was bearing (carrying) our sins in his own body. The result of this completed work of Jesus Christ was to present humanity with the spiritual and eternal right from God to be legally and permanently redeemed. Redemption is now our right as the children of God because of the suffering that Jesus Christ went through when he gave himself, bearing our sins in his own body, giving of himself completely, the righteous for the unrighteous, the sinless for the sinful, so that the unredeemed may be totally redeemed. We are now redeemed and have the God-given right to claim our redemption. Redeemed in Galatians 3 above means to buy up (or back) from the power or possession of someone (the Devil, Acts 26:18), to purchase, and then to also release the purchased possession (us; Ephesians 1:14, 2:2) from bondage, so that we may live our lives immersed in God’s divinely given grace.

Galatians 5:1 – STAND fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Jesus Christ made available to us almost unimaginable freedom to walk with our heavenly Father to a much greater degree than ever before, because we are redeemed. Have you ever redeemed a coupon or a token for a prize? Well Jesus Christ carried our sins across the threshold of extreme pain and torture to redeem us completely back to God (we are the prizes he sought after and won) from the powerful grip of the Adversary. Jesus received unimaginable beatings and whippings before he even went to the cross in order for him to be our complete Savior and now we forever belong to God. Without the shedding of blood there is no redemption (Hebrews 9:22) and so our lives have been bought and paid for with the price of redemption: the life and blood of Jesus, the most perfect man to ever walk on this earth and grace it with his presence and life.  We now can stand before God or the Adversary without fear because we have the right of redemption.

Ephesians 2:18-19:
-18:  For through him {Jesus} we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
-19:  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints {God’s consecrated and redeemed children}, and of the household of God;

Jesus Christ has redeemed us by bearing our sins: so we do not need to bear them any longer! Now and forever we are no more estranged to God, for we are fellowcitizens of His household, and have complete access to the Father, as complete as any child would have to his own father.

The Faith of the Gospel

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Ephesians shows us that we have been raised (spiritually) to an elevated position, seated with Christ at the right hand of God. This is why God can give to us, His beloved children, spiritual wisdom and understanding in the true knowledge of Him. Philippians continues on with this wonderful knowledge that continues opening our eyes that we may truly see.

Philippians 1:27 – Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

The word “conversation” is the word in the Greek Text for citizenship, for according to God’s Word our citizenship is already in heaven. The Scripture is imploring us to conduct our lives as heavenly citizens worthy of the Gospel of Christ. Paul says that whether he is present or absent that he wanted to hear that their Christian lives were being conducted as those who were standing fast in one spirit, and standing together in the knowledge of their citizenship. Paul wanted the believers to be of the same mind working together for the faith of the Gospel. The faith of the Gospel is our believing that God Almighty has indeed called us into the Gospel, and into His family, and that we can believe this together as members of the household of God.

Philippians 1:28-29:
-28:  And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of {or from} God.
-29:  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.

God’s healing Word encourages us not to be terrified, not to have fear about our adversaries, our opponents. In this life there are people who think we are off our rockers simply because we believe in that which is unseen (John 20:29). Our own personal adversaries sometimes scrutinize the way we walk before God, they even try to throw hurdles (by words or deeds) in our way to trip us up simply out of spite. This reminds me of the Psalm “They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah” (Psalms 57:6). This is to them the “evident token of perdition” for they reap what they themselves sow. However, for us who do believe and continue standing, we will be receiving proof of our own salvation, and spiritual wholeness, and that is from God.

We are citizens of heaven itself, and we are ambassadors here on earth for Christ (II Corinthians 5:20). God has given to us diplomatic immunity from the course of this world. This is given to us “in the behalf of Christ” because he was our substitute for sin and all its consequences. Then verse 29 concludes with “but also to suffer for his sake.” This phrase has been used incorrectly and totally out of context, because the word “suffer” does not imply that we should allow our adversaries to cause us to suffer in any way. Rather the word means to endure with ever increasing experience, for not only are we going to heaven, but when we endure we will become stronger, setting even greater examples for one another who believe that God does deliver His children. When we have complete faith in the Gospel, knowing that God does deliver His children (I Corinthians 10:13; II Corinthians 1:10), and knowing that He has already given us a standing with Him, then our faith – our believing faith in the Gospel – will continue to strengthen and inspire us with godly blessings.

The Habitation of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Ephesians 2:18 – For through him {Jesus Christ} we both {believers from Israel and the Gentiles} have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

The word Spirit is in reference to the gift that God has given each believer and the spirit gives us personal access to the Father. Many people think that they have no real access to our heavenly Father; however, we most certainly do.

Ephesians 2:19 – Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

We are not estranged to God, nor are we foreign to Him, for He knows us intimately.  God has already made us one with spiritual unity before Him because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which gives us genuine citizenship from above – from heaven – from Him Who gave. God has also made us fellow-citizens with every other saint (every believer without exception), and we are also fellow-citizens of the actual household of the Creator.

Ephesians 2:20 – And {we, the fellow-citizens} are built upon the foundation of the {laid by the} apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone:

The Apostles and Prophets are those whom God in His grace has commissioned to lay the foundation by their teaching the truth within the Church Epistles. The Epistles teach us about the true spiritual foundation of Christ, and that the entire Church of God is built upon this.

Ephesians 2:21 – In whom {in Christ} all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

It is we, the believers, who spiritually grow within the temple, and we are “framed together” to make up the true spiritual temple that is growing in the Lord. You may wonder: How in the world can people make up a temple, and how is it that we are framed together? The next verse continues:

Ephesians 2:22 – In whom {the Lord} ye also are builded {up} together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

We are not only spiritually “framed together” in the temple of God, but we are also being spiritually “builded (up) together” to be the habitation of God. We know where we physically dwell, the place that we call our home, while spiritually speaking we are the place where God spiritually dwells, the place He calls His home, for we are indeed intimate members of His household. Not only do we have continued access to God, not only are we conducting our lives on the foundation of Christ, not only are we growing spiritually within the true temple of God, but we are also the place where the Creator of life has His habitation. We have access to God by the spirit that He gave us, and Ephesians 2:22 shows that God Himself inhabits the believers through or by means of the Spirit, and Spirit is the very essence of God.