(Christ Is Your “Riddance”)
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
TO THE BIBLE: “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption”
(1 Corinthians 1:30)
The word “redemption” in our opening verse means “riddance.” Riddance is translated from the Greek word “apolutrosis,” which refers to being brought out of trouble.
Therefore, Christ being our redemption actually means He’s our deliverance; just like He said in Psalm 50:15, “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” It doesn’t matter the trouble you’ve gotten into, Christ is your riddance; He’ll rid you of your troubles.
Proverbs 11:8 says, “The righteous is delivered from trouble, and it comes to the wicked instead.” Oh, how wonderful this is!
Read these comforting and assuring words from the Lord Himself in Isaiah 43:2-4: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God…Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you; therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life.”
The Lord is obligated to save you. He’ll help you out of any quagmire, not because you prayed hard enough or were good enough, but because you have a ransom in Christ Jesus. He makes up for your errors.
Every mistake, every sin, has been laid to His charge. You don’t have to wallow in regret anymore about your sin, mistakes and errors; understand that Christ has been made your riddance. You don’t have to carry the weight of self-condemnation and guilt. You’ve paid in Christ for all your sins, mistakes, and errors. Hallelujah!
Go Deeper: Psalm 91:1-12; Colossians 1:27
Speak: It doesn’t matter what trouble I get into: one thing is certain, I’m coming out of it. It doesn’t matter what proclamation is made against me, they’re to no effect, because Christ is my riddance. He rids me of trouble and plucks my feet out of the miry clay.
Daily Bible Reading: ONE YEAR 2 Peter 1, Ezekiel 1-2
TWO YEAR John 15:11-19, 1 Chronicles 27
Act: Meditate on Psalm 59:16: “But I will sing of Your power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; for You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.”