Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It!

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“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” -Galatians 3:13.

 

First off, let me start this post by saying that I’m writing this from a table in an RV on the road to St. Louis (and eventually Yellowstone)! Collin and I (with the rest of our family) are off on a RV trip for a few weeks, and we look forward to sharing some pictures from the trip when we get some good ones.

I was thinking about what I should post about, and I decided to do it based on a hymn that I have recently come to love. It is called “Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It.” It was written by Fanny Crosby. Read the words of the first verse and chorus:

Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infinite mercy,
His child and forever I am.

Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed,
His child and forever I am.

I recently listened to a sermon by Charles Stanley on the redemption of Christ. He focused on what redemption is and what is means for us as believers. In Galatians, Paul wrote: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” -Galatians 3:13. The word redeemed is such a strong word. In the context of the time that Paul used that word, the people could easily understand it because in that time redemption referred to the purchasing of slaves.

When slaves were brought to market to be sold, wealthy people would pay money for them. And in rare cases, sometimes a man would purchase a slave with his own money and then let the slave go free. He had redeemed the slave. He had purchased His freedom.

Understand the beauty that the context of the historical time period brings: We were slaves to sin:

“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—” -Romans 6:6

We could do nothing to free ourselves. We couldn’t earn God’s grace or salvation.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” -Ephesians 2-8-9

We couldn’t buy it. But He redeemed us, purchased us with His blood, and if accept his free gift of salvation we are adopted into His family.

“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” -Romans 8:15

The Creator of the world REDEEMED us. Just let that sink in. He purchased us from the bondage of sin and gave us our freedom. Just because He loves us.

Recently, I’ve found myself singing this hymn. The words are so rich, and it is a song of praise and thanksgiving.

Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it! His child, and forever, I am.

In Christ,

Christopher

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