What is Redemption? – Ephesians 1:7


In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,… – Ephesians 1:7

What is Redemption?

“Redemption” is one of those ‘Bible words’ that I had trouble understanding and defining when I was younger. I remember one teacher trying to explain the definition with an example of redeeming coupons, but it didn’t make sense. WHAT IS REDEMPTION?? As I grew older, I realized I *could* explain it–in common terms–I just didn’t know it.

Redemption is essential to the understanding of our faith. We need to be able to define it and explain it, both to ourselves, and to others. 

If we read Ephesians 1:7 (above,) we find a very simple definition there. Redemption is the result, it’s what happened, when Jesus died to pay the price for our sins–“the forgiveness of our trespasses.” Grace and Mercy are why and how Jesus could do that, his sacrificial death was the cost, our redemption was the outcome.

Take a look a this explanation from BibleStudyTools.com:

Finding its context in the social, legal, and religious customs of the ancient world, the metaphor of redemption includes the ideas of loosing from a bond, setting free from captivity or slavery, buying back something lost or sold, exchanging something in one’s possession for something possessed by another, and ransoming.

. . . In the Old Testament, redemption involves deliverance from bondage based on the payment of a price by a redeemer. . . 

Fundamental to the message of the New Testament is the announcement that Jesus of Nazareth is the fulfillment of Israel’s messianic hope and that, in him, the long-awaited redemption has arrived. Deliverance of humankind from its state of alienation from God has been accomplished through the death and resurrection of Christ.

The Redemption of Christ

We can see that redemption is the restoration of mankind to a right relationship with God, AND, that this is only possible through the payment of Jesus’ blood. Redemption demands a price, a cost, it is not free. God freely offers it to us, but that’s because JESUS paid the price so that WE could be free! 

Wrapping our brains around this transforms ‘redemption’ from a big-scary-Bible-word into a beautiful word-picture of what God has done for us. We, like the Hebrews in Egypt, were in slavery. And God, in an act no less miraculous and magnificent than the ten plagues on Egypt, freed us from our bondage, through the life, death, and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ.

Father, we thank you for this amazing act of redemption, for Jesus’ sacrifice so that we could be restored into a right relationship with you. Let us be a mouthpiece for you, spreading this good news to all, far and wide. Amen.

For more on this topic, Read the rest of Ephesians 1. You can also read more about redemption on BibleStudyTools.com. Meanwhile, enjoy this beautiful song about Redemption by Lauren Daigle.

Amber Oliver

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