2004-11-02 - Kinsman Redeemer
Ephesians 1:7, "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace."
Sometimes I write these devotionals and think, as I did yesterday, "I bet no one bothers to read the third and fourth paragraph." This is because the second paragraph was on salvation in Christ. I fear people get tired of hearing about being saved, thinking, "I've been saved for x amount of time; tell me something new." It is a fundamental mistake to think this way. We can never exhaust the wonders of salvation in Christ. We can never be reminded too many times, that our salvation is in Christ alone. We can never get tired of the message of the gospel. The gospel is as much for Christians, as it is for would-be Christians. It is never a tired or old message. The mercies of the Lord are "New every morning," Lamentations 3:23. Let us never forget this, and please do not grow weary with me, as we look a little into Redemption today in this verse. It is never a tired topic.
Redemption means deliverance by the paying of a ransom. This was a longstanding tradition that we find in the Old Testament. For example, a person captured by another could be freed, if someone close to him could pay the price on his head. If the captured person or slave had a "kinsman redeemer," that redeemer could free the slave for the required price. The same applied for someone who was put into prison. If there was a kinsman redeemer for the person in prison and the price was paid, the person could be freed. The term is used the same way in the New Testament. The analogy is simple. We are all in prison to sin. We have a debt to pay. It is eternal separation from God in hell. But we have a kinsman redeemer in Christ. Christ has paid the price that is upon our heads for our sins. "Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many," Matthew 20:28. Christ has paid our ransom. His is the true Kinsman Redeemer.
We see this throughout Scripture, but in Revelation 5:9, we see it in particular. The Lamb of God is worthy to open the book of life because He was slain. He was slain, "and didst purchase for God, with Thy blood, men from every tribe and tongue and people and nations." Christ paid the purchase price for our redemption from our sins with His own blood. He has redeemed us. This is why the gospel is called the Word of Life, because while we were "dead in our trespasses and sins," Ephesians 2:1, Christ gives us new life in His atonement.
Redemption in Christ is key to everything a Christian is about. Outside of redemption, the Christian has nothing. We must remember that a Christian is not about all the neat teachings that Christ may have taught. Christ did not come as a teacher. Rather, He came to redeem a people unto Himself. It is what Christ has done, not what He taught, that saves us. He has redeemed us. He has paid our ransom for sin. He is our Kinsman Redeemer. The price of our ransom was His own blood. "For I delivered to you, as of first importance, what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures," 1 Corinthians 15:3. Or, as we see in the verse above, Epesians 1:7, "Redemption through His blood."
Soli Deo Gloria,