There are some things that, due to our familiarity with them, we take for granted. There are also things that we pay very little attention to due to our ignorance and lack of understanding. For example, if you, like me, intend to watch the Masters Golf Tournament this week, it might be easy to take these golfer’s skills and abilities for granted. It is not until you have gone out to your local course and tried to play a round of golf will you recognize just how much skill is necessary to play this game. In addition to this, at Augusta (this is where the Masters Tournament is played), the undulations on the greens are so difficult, that these players often have to hit their balls within a one to two foot landing area, often from 150 to 200 yards out. Having this understanding causes a person to have a whole new appreciation for what these golfers can accomplish. The same could be said concerning our salvation. In this article I want to talk about our redemption.
What it Means to Be Under Sin
Ephesians 1:7 stated, “In [Jesus] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (KJV, emphasis mine). Receiving forgiveness from our sins means that we have redemption. The word redemption means to buy back, or to ransom. The idea is that we have been bought back or purchased from Satan.
Paul used the phrase, “sold under sin” when he wrote to the Roman church (Romans 7:14, KJV). The Williams Translation says, “sold into slavery to sin.” Paul is using the Roman custom of slave trade to explain this spiritual truth.
Derek Prince explained it this way, “When a person was being sold as a slave, he or she was made to stand on a block. From a post behind him, a spear was stretched out over his head. When you saw a person standing on the block under the outstretched spear, you knew that person was being sold as a slave” (2007, pp. 50, 51). Paul is saying that you and I were on the block being sold under the spear of our sin. In other words the spear, our sin, has forced us to stand on that block. Our sins have positioned us where we are.
What it Means to Be a Slave
When people were purchased as slaves, they did not get to choose what they would do; the owner chose for them. One person might serve the owner in his home while the other might have to work in the field. One woman might be hired as a cook while the other was made a prostitute. They had no choice. The same is true with sinners. You might consider yourself a respectable sinner while you look down on the prostitutes and drunkards or drug addicts, but the fact is, you nor they had any choice. Your owner decided what you would be.
What it Means to Be Redeemed
The wonderful news is Jesus walked into that slave market and chose you. He purchased you with his own life and from now on Satan cannot have you. He no longer owns you, and he no longer has a right to control you. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36, KJV).
Questions: If Satan no longer has ownership of you, and can no longer dictate or impose his will on your life, what does this mean for the person who has been redeemed?
Prince, D. (2007). Bought with Blood, The Divine Exchange at the Cross. Grand Rapids, MI: Chosen