Driving through town, I saw a bank billboard advertising a gift voucher for its customers. For the customer to receive the free gift, they were given “redemption instructions.” They would need to follow certain steps, such as (1) pulling up a voucher on a mobile app, (2) calling to register, (3) and presenting the voucher. But, the recipient must hurry, as the offer was only good for a specific amount of time. And hopefully, the gift they received would be something of value.
In the secular world, redemption refers to items we exchange through goods or money. Religiously speaking—from the standpoint of the Christian faith—redemption for us means deliverance—from sin through Christ’s death and resurrection.
“Redemption Instructions” for faith are simply stated, and might best be summed up in the Bible verse from John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – NIV 2011
If you are unfamiliar with God's plan for redemption, it is easy to access. With a sincere heart, profess the words of John 3:16, which is the crux of Christianity.
As Christians, we believe that Christ gave his life to atone for the sins of all, including you and me. Jesus, our Savior, has rescued us from sin and assured us of eternal life in Heaven when our time on earth is done.
To profess the words of John 3:16 is the easy part, but as many Christians know, living in a secular world is not easy, but God's promises are true.
And one thing is certain: the benefits of God's redemption plan is “out of this world!”
His gift for us never expires—and its value is everlasting.
“This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” - Romans 3:22-24
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.” – 1 Eph. 7-8
“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.” – 1 Colossians 13-14
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Bible verses from NIV 2011
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