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Redeemed!

Redeemed!

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” – 1 Peter 1:3-5

Are you really redeemed? Now that is an interesting question. Some people would answer, “ABSOLUTELY – we who are in Christ are fully redeemed.”  But others would say, “NO – we are not fully redeemed.” Which opinion is right? Actually, both are.

You see, we who are believers, who are in Christ Jesus, are fully redeemed in that the work of our redemption is complete. That work was finished on the cross by our Lord. There is nothing more that Christ needs to do or that we can do to add to that work. So, yes, it is true in that sense.  We are fully redeemed! Glory be to the Lord!!!

But those who would say that we are not fully redeemed are also correct because we have not yet experienced the fullness of our redemption. We still experience the weight of sin and suffer from the affects of sin in our lives. Those of you who were afflicted recently by the horrible flu bug can attest to what I am saying. We are not fully redeemed, in the sense that we have not yet tasted of the fullness of our redemption.  You see, it is in heaven, there in eternity, that we will be released from every consequence of the Fall and where we will finally be restored to an ETERNAL, UNHINDERED relationship with God.

“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,  who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” – Ephesians 1:13,14

HEAVEN IS THE FINAL POINT OF CHRIST’S REDEMPTIVE WORK FOR US AND HE INTENDS IT TO BE THE CONSUMING FOCUS OF OUR LIVES!!!!!
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