Galatians 4 Lesson

Redemption!

Redemption is defined as:

  1. The act of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil.
  2. The act of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment or clearing a debt.

In today’s lesson, we will consider these definitions with respect to Jesus, our sins, and eternal life.

The Bible teaches us that the Law (The Old Testament) made us aware of our sins.

  • “For through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.” – Romans 3:20.

Nobody could keep the Law, and in that sense, everyone became slaves to sin under the Law.

  • “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23.
  • “Everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.” – John 8:34.

Because God is righteous and just, our sins have consequences. Romans 6:23 says:

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23 is not a scripture to be glossed over or read through quickly.  It is telling us that the price for our sins is death, not death in human terms, but eternal death!  

Yes, without Jesus, we would be thrown into the fire and we would spend eternity in hell.

The good news is that Jesus came!

The good news is that Jesus changed everything by being willing to accept our punishment for us!

Jesus paid the price, and we are the beneficiaries.

  • He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.” – Titus 3:5.

Romans 5:8-11 puts it this way:

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

The above scripture points out two things:

  1. Believers have been justified by the blood of Jesus. From our previous study of Galatians 2, we learned that being justified means, “Forgiven and made right.” So in Jesus, we are forgiven, and we are made right.
  2. We are saved from the wrath of God through Jesus.

Jesus not only makes us right, when we receive Him, we become children of God!

  • “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” – John 1:12.

We will finish today’s lesson where we started, with the subject of redemption.

Redemption is defined as:

  1. The act of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil.
  2. The act of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment or clearing a debt.

Jesus, our Lord and Savior, saved us from the bondage of sin. He made the payment for our sins, and in exchange for that, we can now be called sons and daughters of God.

  • “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” – Ephesians 1:7.
  • But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” – Galatians 4:4-5. 

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