gal 03v13 Christ Hath Redeemed Us
"CHRIST HATH REDEEMED US!"
The redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ is the central theme of Holy Scripture, the foundation of our faith, and our only hope of eternal salvation. This is the good news of the gospel - "Christ hath redeemed us!" In this day of terrible religious confusion, it is essential that we clearly define the good news of redemption in Christ. Here are four words which set forth and help to define that blessed work of the Lord Jesus Christ by which our souls were redeemed and our eternal glory secured.
SOVEREIGNTY - Our Lord's act of redemption was an act of Divine sovereignty. "He laid down his life for us." There was nothing in us which compelled him, or moved him to redeem us. He voluntarily laid down his life for us because it was the free and sovereign pleasure of his love to do so. The Lord Jesus Christ was in absolute sovereign control over all things, even in his death. He displayed his sovereignty as God in the garden, before Pilate, and upon the cross. Christ, the sovereign God, determined that he would die, how he would die, where he would die, when he would die, who his murderers would be, for whom he would die, and what the results of his death would be.
SUCCESS - Because our Redeemer is the
eternal, sovereign Son of God, we are assured that his death and his redemptive
work for the atonement of sin is a success, and not a failure. The prophecy has
been fulfilled - "He shall not fail". In stating that the Lord Jesus
Christ is a successful Savior, I am simply proclaiming that which must be a
self-evident truth - Whatever the Lord Jesus Christ intended to accomplish at
SUBSTITUTION - The Lord Jesus Christ died as a
Substitute for a particular people. And those people for whom Christ stood as a
SATISFACTION - Our blessed Savior's one, substitutionary sacrifice for our sins has completely and perfectly satisfied the wrath and justice of God against us. His sacrifice was infinitely meritorious, so that every sinner who believes on Christ is freely justified and fully pardoned. God, looking on the merits of his Son, pardons every sinner who looks on his Son in faith. Through the propitiatory sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, by which the law and justice of God are satisfied, God is both just and the justifier of all who believe (Rom. -26). "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus!"
Complete atonement Thou hast made,
And to the utmost farthing paid
Whate'er Thy people owed;
Nor can His wrath on me take place,
If shelter'd in Thy righteousness.