The Agent of Redemption. The Recipients of Redemption. The Agent of Redemption. “In whom“. Jesus Christ. The only begotten Son of God. The Creator. The promised Messiah. The Receipients of Redemption. “We”. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God“ (Romans 3:23). “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.” (John 8:34-35). All men are slaves to sin. One who is owned by a master. One who must obey the law of their master (Romans 6). Lust of the flesh. Lust of the eye. Pride of life. One who must serve their master (John 8:34). One who is often tortured by their master. One whose identity is hidden within the identitity of their master. The sinner is enslaved to sin but the redemption of Jesus Christ removes the chains of those in Christ, those who trust Christ as their personal Savior. If you are bound by sin, your destiny is hell. The Act of Redemption. Redemption is “the act of freeing or the state of being freed from bondage, such as, that of a prisoner or slave, by payment of a ransom“. ∴ A slave who(se)... Is owned by sin is made freely free by Jesus Christ to be owned by Christ. Must obey the law of sin is made freely free by Jesus Christ to obey the grace of Christ. Must serve sin is made freely free by Jesus Christ to serve Christ. Is tortured by sin is made freely free by Jesus Christ to be healed by Christ (Isaiah 53:5; I Peter 2:24). Identity is hidden by sin is made freely free by Jesus Christ and they are given a new identity is found in Christ. “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” (Romans 3:24). By Christ Jesus, we have been freely made free. No price have we been charged. No need to offer restitution. “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” (1 Corinthians 1:30). “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” (Colossians 1:14). The Method of Redemption. “By his blood”. “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28). “And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,” (1 Peter 1:17-20). Matthew 26:28. Mark 14:24. Hebrews 9:12-15. 22; 10:4-12. The blood atonement was not made to Satan as a ransom but a brute force of removal from Satan, as the father of all sinners, and from his slave owner known as sin. The Twin of Redemption. “The forgiveness of sin”. A sinner, upon trusting Christ as Savior, is not only set free from their sin but is also forgiven of their sin. Forgiven for their sinful state. Forgiven for their sinful acts. Forgiven for sending Jesus to the Cross by their sin. The Cause of Redemption. “According to the riches of his grace”. Redemption, the blood, and forgiveness are according to the riches of God's grace. It is Who He is and His gracefulness that provides freedom from sin and forgiveness of sin. The Outcome of Redemption. “Free Indeed” (John 8:34). The sinner is enslaved to sin but the redemption of Jesus Christ removes the chains of those in Christ, those who trust Christ as their personal Savior. The saved in Christ are loosed from the bondage to sin; a bondage that will take them to hell. If you are bound by sin, your destiny is hell. Why should the Christian be surprised of the sinfulness of those enslaved by sin? Why do we expect moralism? Why do we expect decency? Why do we expect that which is only available to those who have been made free from sin?