Salvation Series : Lesson #7
Words Associated With Salvation (Part 2)
In this lesson we
are going to look at two more words associated with salvation. These words are
Redemption and Reconciliation. These words are important to salvation because
they deal with the price that it cost to pay for our sins and also the ministry
that each person has as a result of salvation.
Redemption : (Romans 3:24 ; Colossians
We find the word
redemption in the word of God many times and it is a word that is often used in
the preaching and teaching of God’s word. Therefore as we have done before we
will begin by giving a definition of the word.
Redemption – to purchase or to deliver from the power of another.
As a result of
Adam’s sin we are under the power of death (Romans 5:12). The result of sin is death (James 1:14-15). The word of God
says that the devil was connected with this power of death and that people
through fear were subject unto bondage their whole life (Hebrews 2:14-15).
Now this is why the
Lord Jesus Christ came and died on the cross to redeem us from sin and the
power of the devil. Paul said that the law brings the knowledge of sin (Romans 7:7). So once we realize
that we are sinners before God as the word of God says that we are in Romans 3:23, we need to be
saved. This is why in Galatians 3:13 it says that
Jesus died to redeem us from the curse of the law. The Law shows us that we are
sinners and the penalty for sin is death, this is why it is called the curse of
the law. But through redemption in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ we
have forgiveness of our sins and eternal redemption (Colossians 1:14 ; Hebrews
Let us illustrate
redemption with a story. There was little boy who built a toy sailboat and one
day was playing with it in a small stream beside his house. The sailboat got
away from the little boy and he lost it in the stream. Many months later he was
walking through town looking in the shop windows and he saw his toy sailboat in
the window for sail. He ran in and immediately asked the shop owner how much he
wanted for the sailboat. The shop owner said 5 dollars. The little boy did not
have 5 dollars but he worked for weeks earning the money and when he had earned
enough money he bought the sailboat. After leaving the store the little boy
said about the sailboat, you are mine twice. I made you and I bought you back.
This is exactly what
God did he made man and lost him through sin, but with the shed blood of his
son Jesus Christ he bought him back (Colossians
1:14 ; 1 Peter 1:18-19)
Reconciliation : (2
In the passage above
we see the word reconciled or reconciliation several times so let us first give
a definition of the word .
Reconciliation – the act of restoring something to a former state of peace of harmony.
As a result of sin
we are separated and out of fellowship with God. As we have seen in this series
we are not even his children until after salvation. Therefore through the blood
of Jesus Christ we can be reconciled or restored to the position that Adam had
with God before he sinned. That is what happens to us when we are saved and
that is why the word of God refers to us as the sons of God after we are saved
(John 1:12-13 ; 1 John 3:1).
process always require a middle man who can get the two parties involved in the
dispute back together. In the case of salvation God and man are the two parties
that are need of being reconciled and therefore the middle man is the Lord
Jesus Christ. God accepts the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ and therefore
accepts us on his behalf. And it is only through the Lord Jesus Christ that we
can be saved and go to heaven (John
14:6). This is why the Lord Jesus is called the only mediator between
God and man (1 Timothy 2:5).
In salvation we are
reconciled to God by Jesus Christ but we are also given the ministry of
reconciliation (1 Corinthians 5:18).
This means that every saved person is to be a witness of the Lord Jesus Christ
and to try and win others to the Lord.
Now many saved
people never realize that they are in the ministry. They think that only
applies to preachers, missionaries, and teachers. But the truth is that every
saved person should be involved in spreading the gospel of the Lord Jesus
Christ. Note that in verse 20 we are called ambassadors for Christ.
So the question is
what are you doing with the ministry of reconciliation that you have been
Salvation Series : Lesson #7 Handout
Words Associated with Salvation (Part 2)
1) What is a good passage for looking at the
2) What is a good definition for the word
3) What is the price of our Redemption?
4) What is a good passage for looking at the
5) What is a good definition for the word
6) What is the ministry of Reconciliation and to
whom is it given?