Category Archives: Redemption

God’s plan of Redemption Part 6 “Led by the Spirit”

by Stewart Topping

 Redemption is a term used in the Bible to refer to the special intervention of God for the salvation of mankind. This use of the word deals with the work of Jesus Christ on the cross in which He paid the price to purchase human beings and set them free from their slavery to sin. On account of Christ’s substitutionary atonement, He is called the redeemer. “Warren Doud”

It’s time for honesty; Are you led by the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit).

Gal 5:18 says that if you are led by the Spirit then you are not under the law.

What is the comparison between led by the Spirit and being under the Law?   When we think of the Law (Moses); we are to follow some rules or regulations that govern the way we conduct our lives.  If God leads us than we will do what is right.  We will please God rather then our flesh.Galatians 5:16-18 (NKJV) 16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

This verse says that if we walk in the spirit we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  When we hear the term “flesh” we think “lust” and doing those things that God would not be pleased with.  Well there are two natures that mankind has today; one from Adam (First Adam) and the other by Jesus (last Adam).  When you hear the term walk in the spirit, be led by the spirit and walk by faith; what does it mean?  Is it a new kind of faith or a different type of Church; is it a charismatic type Church.

No it is simply following God by his spirit (Holy Spirit) that he gave us when we believed.  (1 Cor. 15:1-4)   Let us go back to the beginning.  The following verse sums up everything about sin.

Romans 5:12-15 (GW) 12 Sin came into the world through one person, and death came through sin. So death spread to everyone, because everyone sinned. 13 Sin was in the world before there were any laws. But no record of sin can be kept when there are no laws. 14 Yet, death ruled from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin in the same way Adam did when he disobeyed. Adam is an image of the one who would come. 15 There is no comparison between {God’s} gift and {Adam’s} failure.

If humanity died as the result of one person’s failure, it is certainly true that God’s kindness and the gift given through the kindness of one person, Jesus Christ, have been showered on humanity.Sin entered the world through one person (Adam) who disobeyed God.  You have to remember that no one kept record of sin, not even God.  Disobedience brought with it the penalty of death.  Now this death is some place without God.  I suppose that for the unbeliever they have walked in this world without God; they will not know the difference until the end.  Sin was not accounted for until the law was given to Israel.  But remember God wanted to recognize sin that already existed in the world.

If no record of sin was kept before the law and Jesus has forgiven and forgotten our sin; then why do we care about sin today?   Sin has kept us busy with ourselves and not God. When we have believed God and it is accounted as righteousness then we can have a relationship with God.  The old nature would not know or care about a relationship with God.  If sin was to separate us from God and because of what Jesus did on the cross; we should then move on with our new relationship with God not worrying about sin..

Let’s take a look at the law; the law was a school master or a learning tool for man to see the error of Adam and the death he brought.  Over a period of time mankind separated them self from any relationship with God.  God had a plan from the beginning with Jesus being our savior.  Now we are saved from death and can start a new relationship with God; then we have no need for the law or knowledge of sin.  If you have faith (in Jesus) then you have no need of the law.

Galatians 3:24-25 (KJV) 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Now we walk in the newness of life by obeying the Holy Spirit.

Now today people try to work for their justification with God.  They come up with all kinds of doctrine.  Rather than just reading the Bible and believing what it says in the Bible, they find some spiritual meaning and today we have a lot of make believe Christians that are led by their own corrupt nature (Adams nature) and have not been born again.   Let’s be real; there are only two natures.

1.  Adams sin which caused death in mankind which we inherited.

2.  Last Adam (Jesus) that bought Salvation through dying on the cross for us and by His Grace;By means of the Holy Spirit.

God has made us in right standing without any works.

Actually, we need to be born again and have Gods Spirit; that’s the power that raised Jesus from the dead, living inside us.  So what does this mean?  It means that we have help in overcoming the nature we received from Adam.

1 Peter 1:23 (NKJV) 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.

Why then is it so difficult to understand that with newness of life; we have a relationship with GOD, something we never had before?  We also do not pray enough to God and we think that there is another way to receive things from God.

Ephesians 6:18 (GW) 18 Pray in the Spirit in every situation. Use every kind of prayer and request there is. For the same reason be alert. Use every kind of effort and make every kind of request for all of God’s people.

Sometimes it is hard to remember that we have replaced that old nature (Adam) with the new nature (Jesus) and we actually have a new relationship with GOD.   You and I cannot go around saying we are Christians when we do not talk to God or pray.  If we do not believe he has saved us or has given us a new nature; one that God has promised through the death of Jesus, the burial and that God has raised Jesus from the grave..?  Then we must believe in the power of God and that we can talk to him.

We must come to realize that we need to constantly improve our relationship with God.  We seek signs and wonders, we seek gifts and special powers but first we must seek God and his relationship.  Everything else will follow.  He will not hold anything back from us.

The Body of Christ (Believers) should be a body dedicated to talking to the head of the body; Jesus. Each of us should be responsible for our own behavior.  It simply means talking to God; who care for us and wants to help us.  His new nature in us needs to take over our old nature. It is time to recognize that if we are not led of the Spirit, walking in the Spirit we have not believed 1 Cor, 15:1-14

The proof of you relationship is the fruit of spirit

Galatians 5:22-26 (Wesley NT) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, fidelity, 23 Meekness, temperance; against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s, have crucified the flesh with its affections and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Be not desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

God Bless you …..

God’s plan of Redemption Part 5 “sealed by the Holy Spirit”

by Stewart Topping

Redemption is a term used in the Bible to refer to the special intervention of God for the salvation of mankind. This use of the word deals with the work of Jesus Christ on the cross in which He paid the price to purchase human beings and set them free from their slavery to sin. On account of Christ’s substitutionary atonement, He is called the redeemer.

“Warren Doud”

Remember, when you make peace with God; it is because you accepted Jesus as your savior and that you believed that Jesus died on the cross for your sins; that He was buried and then He rose from the grave by the power of God.  All we have to do is believe; but sometimes we think we know better and try to work for our salvation.What makes Christianity different than other religions is that our savior rose from the dead.  No other religion has a savior that has risen from the dead.  Their religion has a god that wants us to do good works.

Now we are forgiven by God and covered with His righteousness.  God now sees us as if we had not sinned. (Justified)  Well, what should our next step be in this new relationship with God?  The next step should be to receive the peace of God which means; believing, trusting, and listening to God through our relationship with God.

Here is the confidence you should know that you are saved until you are redeemed.  If you have the Holy Spirit living in you to help you live the right type of life.  We have to realize that we been sealed with the Holy Spirit after we trusted, heard the word of truth and believed.  Always remember the following verse.

Ephesians 1:13-14 (KJV) 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word seal means “to confirm, authenticate or guarantee – to pledge.”  So God has pledged that you are forgiven, covered with His righteousness and are starting a new life with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

The expression earnest is considered a down payment on something that needs to be purchased.  In this case it is something that Jesus paid for with his death; our salvation is a promise from God that if we believe his word, that is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, we will go to heaven.  Just believe it!  (JBI)

Ephesians 4:30 (KJV) and grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

God has not left us without the ability to have a successful life. Remember the first Adam lost that spiritual relationship with God and went into bondage with satan.   The second Adam (Jesus) has paid (earnest) with His life to buy us back from that bondage.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV) 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

What is the Holy Spirit?   It is the power within you to live a holy life, the ability to understand Gods word and to learn the truth.  Look at the following verse; (2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”) (KJV)

1 John 2:27 (KJV) 27 But the anointing (Holy Spirit)  which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

                            Lets sum up what we have been talking about

We accept Jesus, we receive the Holy Spirit and it is sealed in us.  The price paid is to release us from bondage with the earnest or down payment required to set us free.  It is a free gift from God; Eph 2:8-9.  All we have to do is believe, not assume, not hope, but know it.

Start believing God for all things.  But it is important to read and study to know what to believe.  God has given you the Holy Spirit to help you. Remember always; “Just Believe It” (JBI)

God’s plan of Redemption Part 4 “what did Jesus do”

Redemption is a term used in the Bible to refer to the special intervention of God for the salvation of mankind. This use of the word deals with the work of Jesus Christ on the cross in which He paid the price to purchase human beings and set them free from their slavery to sin. On account of Christ’s substitutionary atonement, He is called the redeemer.

“Warren Doud”

 Does a Christian have to deal with all the following terms in Christendom?

How do you really know that you are?

  • Washed by His Blood
  • Sanctified by His spirit
  • Justified by His death
  • Bought with a price
  • Have Forgiveness of the original sin
  • Have Forgiveness of our  personal sins

If you are to become a new creation in Christ, do you have to do something for each of these topics separately?

  • Has the Theologian complicated the process in how we make peace with God?
  • How do we really enter into a relationship with Him?  Is it simple or complex?
  • Why have Christians made it so difficult to understand what God is doing?
  • What do we really believe? And has it made a difference in our lives?
  • Do we just believe what others have told us, or are we really searching for the truth?

Redemption is the answer to all the topics listed above.  All topics are complete in redemption.  For 3 weeks we have detailed the Plan of redemption that God set in motion in the Garden.  Most people think that God requires something in return for us to be right with Him (righteous).  He made it clear that works will not be accepted from us as any payment.

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Eph 2:8-10 (KJV)

What is the gift … Redemption … God would provide the means and methods without any help from mankind.  God would pay what is required to buy us out of slavery?  Remember we are in bondage to the original sin that happened in the garden!   With the plan of redemption came a set of conditions required to free us from bondage to sin. Redemption is Grace and it is free.

The Old Testament is a book with prophecies of how and what will meet the conditions of redemption. The gospels in the New Testament are the completion of that redemption! The Apostle Paul’s epistles are the understanding of redemption and God’s plan.

How it started ….

15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel. Gen 3:15 (KJV)

 From the beginning it was the seed of the woman.  The woman is Mary and the seed is Jesus. The Old Testament shows us how redemption will work, seen through the eyes of the Nation of Israel. We see the protection and prophecy of the seed.  The nation of Israel will follow the law to let them know that the sin of Adam has continued in them and there is a plan of redemption.

A very good example would be in the book of Ruth showing us how redemption works.

Even though the Law is not the answer to salvation it will bring understanding to sin and the need for redemption. We know that we cannot help or save our self.

24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. Gal 3:24-25 (KJV)

What is hard for many to understand is that the law was a teaching tool provided by God. After faith has come, our faith in Jesus, there is no more need of the Law.  We might say we passed the test with an A and we are free of school. (The Law)

When we read the four gospels we see Jesus emerge as the savior of the world.  We see the completion of the prophecy of the seed.  The perfect sacrifice and the one who God has chosen to pay the price for Adams sin.

45 And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 1 Cor 15:45-47 (KJV)

We must understand that redemption must come from above not on earth and in order to be right with God we need the Holy Spirit.  If the Holy Spirit is dwelling in us we have to be sanctified, washed and cleansed, forgiven, bought and righteous.  We have to be in right standing with God, to even receive the Holy Spirit. He did it all and we only have to do is believe.

We must be all these things because God can not dwell in an unholy place.
We are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

All of this happens when we are redeemed. Not because we are sanctified, washed and cleansed, forgiven, bought and righteous.  All we have to do is by faith, believe the death and shed blood of Jesus, the burial and resurrection of Jesus to complete the plan of redemption.

The final test is for us to accept Jesus as our savior and receive His free gift of the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit we can live a victorious life on earth.

God’s plan of Redemption Part 3 “Jesus the Theme of the Bible”

Redemption is a term used in the Bible to refer to the special intervention of God for the salvation of mankind. This use of the word deals with the work of Jesus Christ on the cross in which He paid the price to purchase human beings and set them free from their slavery to sin. On account of Christ’s substitutionary atonement, He is called the redeemer.

Warren Doud

Our Christian Bible is made up of 66 books that fit together very well.  The plan that God set in motion is redemption of mankind.  The Buildings we call Church have divided us as believers.  We are divided by their interpretation of the doctrine of salvation. The most basic teaching and the most important has a different meaning in each Church. Most are made by men and are not scriptural but it is hard to change tradition. A lot of the doctrine has some form of the law.

Part 1 “man’s fallen nature” and Part2 “what we are being redeemed from” have been sent out earlier and are available on the website www.faithintheword.com  this is part 3 “Jesus the theme of the Bible”

One thing that divides the church is the two theories of belief.

There are two theologies in the Church today.

  • Dispensational theology

If you consider what God has done and how he acted during biblical history you will become a dispensationalist.

  • Covenant theology

If you consider what God has said then you would consider yourself a covenant theologian.

As we read the bible and consider what God has said and what He has done they will not be in conflict. But we must keep Redemption at the top of the pyramid of God’s plan.

We do not have to polarize and choose a theology. We need to step back and see the whole forest and not get lost in the trees. “Dave Shirley

In this plan there is no doctrines made by man, no rules or manmade regulations, only facts. When we are reading through the word of God we must keep redemption as the theme of the Bible.  God has a plan to redeem mankind from his fallen nature and the plan was set in motion before time.

Let’s look at the whole Bible by examining each section.  Christ is the theme of each of the eight sections of the Bible

  1. The Law: The foundation is laid for Christ (Genesis – Deuteronomy) (5)
    • Genesis – The doctrine of election
    • Exodus – The redemption of His people
    • Leviticus – Sanctification and setting a part of His people
    • Numbers – Direction of God’s people
    • Deuteronomy – Instruction of God’s people

      2. History: Preparation for Christ (Joshua – Esther) (12)

    • This section is where we are preparing for Christ.
    • Joshua goes in to Canaan, God’s rest, and possesses the land
    • King David expands the land
    • Solomon Glorifies the land and the nation
    • The division begins in 1 Kings 12, The land is  divided and deteriorating begins throughout Israel
    • The people are exiled to Babylon for 70 years
    • Esther is providentially protected
    • Ezra comes back to Canaan to restore
    • Nehemiah comes back to rebuild

       3. Poetry: Aspiration for Christ is expressed (Job – Song of Solomon) (5)

    • In poetry we see the aspiration and desire for Christ
    • The wanting for the relationship with Jesus Christ

       4. Prophecy: The Expectation of Christ (Isaiah – Malachi) (17)

    • We see in this section prophecy, the foretelling or expectation of Christ, one prophecy after another.

       5. Gospels: The Manifestation of Christ (Matthew – John) (4)

    • The manifestation of Christ that was promised The messiah is finally here and the end of the Law with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ

         6. Acts: The Propagation of Christ (Acts) (1)

    • The transition of Law to Grace.  From the Apostles of the Law, the Physical circumcised,  to the Apostle of Grace, those circumcised by the Spirit of God

         7. Epistles: Interpretation and Application of Christ (Romans – Jude) (21)

    • Interpretation and application of Christ

         8. Revelation: The Consummation of all things in Christ (Revelation)(1)

    • The consummation of Christ

 

Redemption started at the beginning of the Bible.  God spoke it in Genesis and He carries it all the way to the last book, Revelations. The Bible is not to be used for Doctrine so that it will divide us, but to see the Plan of God for the redemption of mankind.  God loved us from the beginning and continued to plan for our return to Him, very much like the story of the prodigal Son.  We want to do our own thing, go our own way departing from God for a short time only to return to a loving father.

God made a path so we could find our way back!  Read Luke 15:11-32 for more detail on the prodigal son.

Grace is the result of redemption.  We were redeemed at the cross.  It was done before we even asked for forgiveness.  We were bought with the price of the shed blood of Jesus.

7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Eph. 2:7-9 (KJV)

Key points to remember.

  • We are redeemed and forgiven is part of redemption
  • Grace is a free gift and cannot include works (law)
  • Faith is when you believe that God is and you can have a relationship with Him

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