The Two Redemptions

For I know that my Redeemer lives… – Job 19:25

Let us think of how the Lord Jesus Christ hath redeemed us from bondage. Having broken the law of God, we were in bondage to that law; we had received the spirit of bondage again to fear. But we, who have believed in Jesus, our Kinsman, can say that He hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us, and that we are no longer in bondage. We were also in bondage under sin, as Paul wrote, “I am carnal, sold under sin;” but Christ has come, and broken the power of sin in us, so that its reigning power is subdued; and though it still striveth to get the mastery, and often maketh us to groan within ourselves, even as Paul did, yet do we, with Him, thank God, who giveth us the victory, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

There are two redemptions,-redemption by price and redemption by power, and both of these Christ hath wrought for us;-by price, by His sacrifice upon the cross of Calvary; and by power, by His Divine Spirit coming into our heart, and renewing our soul. Ought we not unceasingly to bless the Lord who hath redeemed us from under the law, having paid the penalty for the commands which we had broken, and who hath also redeemed us from the power of sin? “I know that my Redeemer liveth,” then I know that I am a free man; for if the Son makes us free, then are we free indeed. I know that He paid the price for my soul’s eternal redemption, then may my soul continually exult in Him, and rejoice in the liberty wherewith He hath made me free. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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