Who We Are In Christ, #2: We Are Redeemed

When I was growing up, I remember my mother collecting S&H Green Stamps, which she received at grocery stores.  These were redeemable for household  items, personal items, and even toys.

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Mother and I would sit at the dining room table, licking the stamps and applying them to the pages of the S&H Stamps redemption books. Occasionally, I would go with her the next day to the S&H Stamps Redemption Store, and she would give me one or two books of my own to “buy” something for helping her.

This was my first exposure to the idea of something (or someone) being redeemed, which simply meant that the stamps she had collected were exchanged for money or goods. But this falls far short of the biblical meaning of being redeemed.

So what do I mean when I say “we are redeemed?” According to Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary, redemption is “deliverance from captivity  by means of a ransom price paid.” Before we became Christians, we were in bondage to sin and Satan. Jesus paid the “ransom price” by shedding His blood on the cross He paid what we owed and could not pay. Baker goes on to say, “The central theme of redemption is that God has taken the initiative to act compassionately on behalf of those who are powerless to help themselves.”


What was the main effect of our redemption? It was a change from one kingdom to another, from darkness to light. Colossians 1:13-14 explains what happens.

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

‭‭What should be our response to Jesus’ gift of redemption? 1 Peter 1: 17-19  gives us the answer.

“Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”

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4 thoughts on “Who We Are In Christ, #2: We Are Redeemed

    • Thanks, it encouraged me to write it, when I finally got to work on it yesterday afternoon. I had planned to publish it last Thhursday, but the God Living Girls with Chronic Illness that I’m on the leadership team for started two new ministries, mentoring and prayer partners, and it was a really busy week. By around 4pm yesterday, I finally found time to write.

      Hope things are going well with you, Leslie..

      Barbara

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  1. I remember Mama collecting green stamps when I was a little girl. When we had collected enough, off we went to the local green stamp store. I always thought that store was a special place. We redeemed our stamps for sheets, pillowcases and other essentials. I am so glad to know that I am redeemed and that God loves me. Blessings abound.

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