Redemption for Life (1)

In Revelation 22:1 is the throne of the redeeming God-Lamb and the life-imparting Spirit proceeding out of this throne. Here are a few other verses that present redemption for life.

John 19:33-34 says, “But coming to Jesus, when they saw that He had already died, they did not break His legs; but one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.” Blood is for redemption including forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 9:22, “without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness”) and water is a picture of the Spirit (John 7:38-39) who is for life. Much more about the blood and water is in the online Recovery Version note on John 19:34.

Galatians 2:16 speaks of justification through faith in Christ Jesus and verse 20 speaks of Christ living in us. Justification was accomplished by Christ in His death, and it is applied to us by faith: “we also have believed into Christ Jesus that we might be justified out of faith in Christ” (v. 16). By this same faith Christ lives in us and we live one with Him: “Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of God” (v. 20).

Galatians 3:13-14 say, “Christ has redeemed us out of the curse of the law…that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Through Christ’s redemption we may receive the Spirit. While redemption, justification, forgiveness, and reconciliation are a great blessing, we must remember that they are not an end in themselves. Rather, they open the door for Christ to come as our life. We thank the Triune God for both the redemption accomplished for us and for the life given to us.

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