(The New Creation Is Not The Redeemed)
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
TO THE BIBLE: “He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.”
(Hebrews 9:12 NIV)
The word “redemption” as used in our opening scripture is from the Greek “lutrosis,” which means to ransom, deliver, save, or bring out of trouble.
The Lord Jesus redeemed every man, woman, boy, and girl from sin at the Cross, and His blood was the currency with which He paid for the sins of the whole world. He was buried, and on the third day, God raised Him from the dead with a new life, and now, He gives this eternal life to all those who believe in Him and confess His Lordship. Observe that the new creation is not the redeemed; he’s the fruit of Christ’s redemptive work on the Cross.
Some people get confused when they study portions of Scripture, where the new creation is described as “redeemed.” For instance, Revelation 5:9 says, “And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.””
The word, “redeemed” here is wrongly translated; it’s from the Greek, “agorazo,” which means to go to the market and make a purchase; to buy something as a gift to give to someone. It’s not a buy-back, as is the case with “lutrosis,” but a fresh purchase.
The Living Bible renders the verse thus: “…for you were slain, and your blood has bought people from every nation as gifts for God.” You’re a gift, purchased for God by Jesus; He bought you with a price. It’s a fresh purchase and now, you belong to God. You’re not the person that was “delivered” from the devil when Jesus died on the cross; you’re a new creature, never delivered from the devil but born superior to him by the second birth..
Go Deeper: Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 Corinthians 6:20
Speak: Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for sending Jesus to die for me and shed His precious blood to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I’ve thus become a new creation, free to live righteously and serve you joyfully, enjoying your divine presence, and living in your power and glory, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading: ONE YEAR 1 Peter 4, Lamentations 1-2
TWO YEAR John 14:22-31, 1 Chronicles 25
Act: Share this message with someone around you. Tell him or her how superior you are to the devil.