In the previous Learning Activity we used the biblical word “redemption.” In this Learning Activity we shall attempt to provide a clearer understanding of what that word means to the believer.
If a definition were to be drafted for the word redemption, it would probably follow along the lines of “to be set free from the control and results of sin on a person which separates them from God through the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary thereby permitting the restoration of that person to God Himself.” The word has as its meaning the action of purchasing or buying back something or paying the ransom for something that is being held under alien control.
1. Mark 10:45 (Note: In this verse, “the Son of man” is a reference to Jesus Christ).
2. What does the verse say that Jesus came to earth to do?
3. Genesis 2:16, 17
4. In Genesis 2:16 above, what did God give to Adam?
5. In Genesis 2:17 above, what was the consequence if Adam ate from the tree that God had commanded him not to eat from?
6. Romans 6:23
7. What biblical principle does the Apostle Paul state in the first half of the verse above?
8. Romans 3:23
9. What fact about all of mankind is clearly stated in the verse above?
A logical summary of what the Bible is saying in the above scriptures is that everyone is a sinner and needs to die to pay for sin. This is due to the biblical law that sin requires death! The Bible calls this consequence “the curse of the law.”
10. Galatians 3:13 (Note: In this verse, the phrase “hangeth on a tree” refers to crucifixion-see Deuteronomy 21:23).
11. What does Galatians 3:13 state happened as a solution for the problem of the required death for our sin?
12. Ephesians 1:7
13. Colossians 1:14
14. What do both of the verses in #12 and #13 above state as being the means by which we are taken out from under the curse of the law?
15. Galatians 4:4, 5
16. What do the two verses above indicate about the topic of redemption and the law?
17. Titus 2:14
18. What does the verse above say about the status of the believer?
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