Isaiah 47:4 NKJV
4 As for our Redeemer, the LORD of hosts is His name, The Holy One of Israel.
- In the Old Testament, God described Himself specifically as our Redeemer 18 times.
- Remarkably, 13 of the 18 times where God is described as our Redeemer, are found in the book of Isaiah. The central theme of Isaiah is redemption. The 53rd chapter of Isaiah contains the most comprehensive and profound description of Christ’s redemptive sacrificial suffering and death found in the Old Testament.
- Isaiah, Chapter 53, so clearly describes Jesus Christ, His sacrificial death and redemptive work, that when the book of Isaiah is read in the synagogues, Chapter 53 is omitted. The Jews stop reading at the end of Chapter 52 and commence reading in Chapter 54!
- When God describes Himself as the Redeemer, many, including the Jewish religious leaders, have lost the true meaning, revelation, and impact of what that statement really means.
- The Hebrew word for redeemer is גּאל (gaw-al). The Hebrew word גּאל (gaw-al) is actually a verb. When used to identify a redeemer it is used as a participle or a verbal noun, emphasizing that the importance of a redeemer is found in his function.
- The Hebrew word for redeemer has a number of important and significant meanings which describe the different functions of a redeemer.
- The Hebrew word for redeemer could more descriptively be translated as “kinsman redeemer.”
- A kinsman redeemer first and foremost had to be a close blood relative to function as a redeemer. According to the Law, even a close family friend would be disqualified from being a redeemer.
- When the Lord God Almighty describes Himself as our Redeemer the profound truth of that statement cannot be overemphasized. He is saying that He will come as a man—as our blood relative!
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NKJV
18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
- God took on human form so He could be our Redeemer and reconcile us to Himself. “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.”
- Once an unbeliever confronted my brother, Harvey, objecting to the claim that Jesus Christ is God. He said it is impossible for a man to become God. My brother wholeheartedly agreed with him and then added, “But I believe that God could become a man.”
- Through Jesus Christ’s virgin birth, God became a man so He could claim the right to be our Kinsman Redeemer as our blood relative.
“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20b-21).
- Three qualifications were necessary for someone to act as a kinsman redeemer.
- 1. A kinsman redeemer had to be a close relative to have the right to redeem someone. For this reason, Jesus came as the Son of Man.
1 Timothy 2:5-6 NKJV
5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,
- Jesus Christ came as a man so He could be our Kinsman Redeemer. Jesus, the Son of Man, had the right to redeem us and He qualified to become the ransom so we could be redeemed. That is why Paul emphasized Jesus’ humanity when he wrote—“the Man Christ Jesus.” If Jesus had come only as the Son of God, He could not have been our Kinsman Redeemer.
- 2. The kinsman redeemer had to possess the wealth and strength to pay the ransom for those he redeemed. Even a close blood relative could not function as a redeemer if he was poor, impoverished, or enslaved. All of mankind was impoverished and enslaved because of sin. That is why the Messiah had to be the Son of God.
2 Corinthians 8:9 NKJV
9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
- Only Jesus Christ, the Son of God, had the righteousness and riches to pay the price for our redemption—“though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor.”
- A kinsman redeemer had to choose with his own free will, not under compulsion or duress, to act as the kinsman redeemer and be willing to pay the full price to see his close relative redeemed. Christ willingly came into the world as a man so He could die for our sins.
1 John 4:9 NKJV
9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
- There were two obligations and two rights that belonged to a kinsman redeemer.
- The kinsman redeemer had the obligation to marry the widow of a deceased brother if his brother failed to have any offspring. The kinsman redeemer raised the firstborn son in the name of his brother to perpetuate his name in Israel.
Deuteronomy 25:5-6 NKJV
5 “If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the widow of the dead man shall not be married to a stranger outside the family; her husband’s brother shall go in to her, take her as his wife, and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her.
6 And it shall be that the firstborn son which she bears will succeed to the name of his dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel.
1 Corinthians 15:45 NKJV
45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
- Jesus Christ came to the earth to redeem Adam’s descendants and to raise up offspring in the name of Adam, so Jesus is the Son of Man—the last Adam.
- When Jesus redeemed mankind He didn’t eradicate our humanity. He redeemed our humanity from the curse and the destructiveness of sin. Jesus raised up descendants in the name of Adam, so humanity would continue eternally.
- The kinsman redeemer had the obligation to avenge those who had wronged his close relatives.
Numbers 35:21 NKJV
21 or in enmity he strikes him with his hand so that he dies, the one who struck him shall surely be put to death. He is a murderer. The avenger ( גּאל (gaw-al)) of blood shall put the murderer to death when he meets him.
Hebrews 2:14-15 NKJV
14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
- Jesus, as our Kinsman Redeemer, our Avenger, came to take vengeance on our adversary the devil, and to destroy the devil through His sacrificial death on the cross at Calvary.—“He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.”
- The kinsman redeemer had the right to deliver a close relative who had sold himself into bondage as a slave and pay the ransom required to purchase his relative’s freedom.
Leviticus 25:48 NKJV
48 after he is sold he may be redeemed again. One of his brothers may redeem him;
- Jesus took vengeance on our adversary the devil. He broke the power of the devil over our lives and set us free from the bondage of the fear of death. “and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrews 2:15).
Romans 6:6 NKJV
6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
- Through the sacrifice of our Kinsman Redeemer, we have been redeemed from the bondage of sin. Through His resurrection we can live in newness of life!
John 8:34 (NKJV)
34Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
John 8:36 (NKJV)
36Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
- Sin brings us into bondage and Jesus, as our Kinsman Redeemer, came to redeem us so we can be freed from the bondage of sin!
- The kinsman redeemer had the right to redeem back property of a close relative that had been lost or stolen due to poverty or poor choices.
Leviticus 25:25 NKJV
25 ‘If one of your brethren becomes poor, and has sold some of his possession, and if his redeeming relative comes to redeem it, then he may redeem what his brother sold.
John 10:10 NKJV
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
- The devil is a thief who has stolen from us and left us impoverished and devoid of life and hope, but Christ came to restore us not only to life, but has given us abundant and overflowing life!
Luke 4:5-7 NKJV
5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.
7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”
- When Adam sinned not only did sin and death come into the world but Satan deceived Adam and stole from him what God had given man—dominion over the earth. Satan said this, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.”
- The demonic powers are called “the rulers of the darkness of this age.” (Ephesians 6:12a). Through sin, the devil stole and cheated mankind and now exercises dominion over fallen man.
Revelation 11:15 NKJV
15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
- The day will come when Jesus Christ, our Kinsman Redeemer, will fulfill the last of the rights of a kinsman redeemer at the sounding of the seventh trumpet. All that was stolen and lost because of man’s sin will be restored to the rightful owner—Jesus Christ, the Son of Man. “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
- Descriptions of the obligations and rights of a kinsman redeemer and his acts of redemption are found throughout the Law of Moses and in the book of Ruth. While appearing random to the casual reader, these descriptions paint an exquisite prophetic picture of Jesus Christ’s redemptive work.
Isaiah 63:4-5 NKJV
4 For the day of vengeance is in My heart, And the year of My redeemed has come.
5 I looked, but there was no one to help, And I wondered That there was no one to uphold; Therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me; And My own fury, it sustained Me.
- Why did God say, “I looked, but there was no one to help, And I wondered That there was no one to uphold”?
- Why was there no one to help and bring redemption to mankind? Because all of mankind had sinned, were in bondage, and in need of redemption. “For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:22b-23).
- Another important quality of a kinsman redeemer is that he had to be both free and wealthy. Someone who is impoverished and enslaved is incapable of freeing or redeeming another person.
- God’s response to the lost and hopeless state of mankind was that He intervened to be our Kinsman Redeemer. “Therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me; And My own fury, it sustained Me.”
- There are many reasons why we have suffered loss and require redemption and restoration:
- Adam’s sin has infected all of mankind and the curse of sin has fallen on each person in the human race.
- The sinful actions of others have brought hurt and loss to our lives.
- Our own sins and wrong decisions have resulted in great loss and bondage.
Exodus 6:6-8 NKJV
6 Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the LORD; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.
7 I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
8 And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the LORD.'”
- God used the example of how He redeemed Israel from the bondage of Egypt to provide prophetic insights into how He is going to redeem all those who call on the name of the Lord.
- God redeemed Israel from the bondage of Egypt by His might and power as their Kinsman Redeemer. “I am the LORD; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.”
- There is an additional dimension to God’s redemptive work. He not only redeems His people from slavery, oppression, and death; He takes them beyond where they were before they were enslaved. He takes them to a new and greater place of glory and freedom—He brings them into the Promised Land. “And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the LORD.”
- The promises God swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were only fulfilled after Israel had been redeemed from Egypt and led through the wilderness into the Promised Land.
- The principle of redemption is that God does not just deliver us from bondage and death and restore us to where we were before we were enslaved. He takes us to an entirely new level of glory and freedom which He intended to bestow on us from the very beginning.
- Redemption does not take us full circle to end up where we began before we were enslaved. Redemption is a straight path leading us from bondage to victory and glory.
- When God redeemed Israel from the slavery and the bondage of Egypt, He purchased them and they became His own special possession and treasure. Before Israel went into the bondage of Egypt they were free agents, but after they were redeemed they belonged to God!
Deuteronomy 7:6 NKJV
6 “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV
19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
- Just as Israel became God’s possession and special treasure from all the nations of the earth, those who put their faith in Christ and are redeemed have been purchased by Jesus’ blood and have become His possession. “Do you not know…you are not your own?” “For you were bought at a price.”
- God’s purpose for making us His possession is that He wants to use us for His glory. “…therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
1 Peter 2:9-10 NASBS
9 But you are a CHOSEN RACE, A royal priesthood, A holy NATION, a PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
10 for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.
- Christ redeemed us to become a “CHOSEN RACE, A royal priesthood, A holy NATION, a PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION” to “proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
- When God redeemed us through the precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, He purchased us out of slavery to become His possession—not to become His slaves but to adopt us as His own beloved children!
Galatians 4:5 NKJV
5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
- If the Gospel, the message of redemption, was just about restoring man back to their former state in the Garden of Eden before man sinned, then one may reflect on all the suffering and death that occurred and think, “That was a waste of time.” However, God takes even our sins and failures and through the process of redemption brings us to a new and more glorious place to fulfill God’s highest purpose.
- God’s purpose for redemption is much more than fixing what is broken or restoring what was lost.
- When God redeems He reveals something marvellous about Himself—He takes what was broken and makes it even better and more glorious than before we suffered loss!
Haggai 2:9 NKJV
9 ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the LORD of hosts.”
- God made a promise to Israel after the first glorious temple of Solomon was He promised that the last temple will be greater in glory than the first!
- While this prophetic promise primarily deals with the future temple that will be built in Jerusalem, it has a secondary and more powerful meaning that deals with mankind and those who call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved because as believers, we are His Temple.
1 Corinthians 3:16 NKJV
16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
- God wanted to take redeemed mankind, His Church, to an even greater level of glory, to become His Bride!
- God created man for the purpose of having intimate fellowship. His intent was to create man after His own image so we could be like Him. “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” (Genesis 1:26b).
- However, although God created Adam and Eve perfectly, that was not the final state that God intended for them.
- There was one attribute that Adam and Eve still lacked and which God desired for them to develop and possess so they could reflect the image of God in every aspect of their being. God wanted them to become righteous.
- When God created Adam and Eve they were without sin and one could accurately describe their condition as innocent.
- However, innocence is not the same as righteousness. When one looks into the face of a baby no one would ever say, “What a righteous baby.” One would say, “What a cute innocent baby!”
- The difference between innocence and righteousness is that innocence speaks of something that is pure and undefiled; however, righteousness goes beyond that to speak about choice and character.
- While Adam and Eve were created innocent, they needed to take steps of faith and obedience to become righteous.
- An innocent person doesn’t know the difference between good and evil; a righteous person knows the difference and chooses righteousness. They make an informed decision.
Proverbs 22:3 (NKJV)
3A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished.
- Naïvety is when one is not able to discern between good and evil or between the truth and a lie. The Bible describes a naïve person as one who is “simple” or unw People who are simple believe everything without any evaluation. They end up being deceived, believing lies, and suffering loss.
- God wanted Adam and Eve to remain innocent, pure, and undefiled, but not to be naïve or simple. He wanted them to be able to discern between good and evil. He wanted them to learn to become righteous.
Genesis 2:15–17 (NKJV)
15Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.
16And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;
17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
- What was God’s plan for Adam and Eve so they could become righteous? The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
- Everything God created was perfect and had a purpose—even the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
- God created the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil so that Adam and Eve could know the difference between Good and Evil and not be naïve. However, they needed to learn to discern between good and evil, not by eating from the fruit of the Tree but by recognizing the lie of the serpent and choosing to believe the truth!
- God gave Adam and Eve a word of encouragement and a word of warning. “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” If they heeded and obeyed God’s Word they would have been able to discern between good and evil.
Genesis 3:1-5 NKJV
1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;
3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'”
4Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
5For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
- God allowed the serpent, later identified as the devil and Satan in Revelation 12:9, to enter the garden to allow Adam and Eve to discern between good and evil.
- The serpent spoke a number of lies that were contrary to God’s Word.
- He questioned if God had even truly spoken to them — “Has God indeed said…?”
- The serpent contradicted God’s Word and implied God was a liar—“You will not surely die.”
- Then the serpent lied about God’s character and motivation. “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
- The serpent’s attack was aimed directly at God’s Word and God’s character.
- The serpent accused God of being selfish and withholding good things from Adam and Eve. The serpent suggested that God’s commandments were unreasonable and burdensome. “God knows that in the day you eat of it you will be like God.”
- If Adam and Eve had taken God’s Word and His commandments to heart they would have immediately recognized that the serpent was lying and trying to deceive th They would have rejected the serpent’s words and obeyed God’s Word.
- If they had rejected the devil’s lies and believed God, they would have become righteous, just as Abraham had become righteous. — “For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”” (Romans 4:3).
- The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil represented the Law because sin is defined by the Law.
Romans 3:20 NKJV
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
- The Law was not given for the righteous person but to restrain and condemn the ungodly.
1 Timothy 1:9 NKJV
9 knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
- If Adam and Eve had rejected the lies of the serpent a new and even greater delight would have awaited them—to partake of the fruit of the Tree of Life.
- The Tree of Life represents Jesus Christ.
John 14:6 NKJV
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
- Partaking of the Tree of Life will bring us to a new level of life where we will experience a greater degree of intimacy with God and the abundant overflowing life of Jesus.
- We have spoken about how God is our Redeemer and what He has done to redeem us. Now we need to look at man’s part in the redemption process.
- As we study how God brought redemption to Israel it will provide a pattern by which we can understand our part in the redemption process.
- The first step in the redemption process occurred when God delivered Israel from the slavery of Egypt.
Exodus 12:21-22 NKJV
21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb.
22 And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning.
- Everyone who believed Moses’ message had to slay a lamb, take its blood and place it on the lintel and the two doorposts of their home. The blood of the Passover lamb protected them from God’s judgment.
- The first thing a person must do to be redeemed is recognize their need for salvation and redemption. They must acknowledge their lost and hopeless state. Then, with a humble heart, call out to God to save them and have the blood of our Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ, applied to their lives.
- At that point we have been delivered from “Egypt” and have been justified, saved from the penalty of sin, and redeemed from the fires of Hell.
- However, although we have been saved and justified the process of redemption is far from over. God has much more freedom, restoration, and victory He wants us to receive and experience. He wants to set us free from the power of sin through the process of sanctification.
- After we come to Christ there are still many habits, hurts, and bondages that need to be dealt with for us to be sanctified.
- Once Israel was redeemed from Egypt, Israel had to travel through the wilderness.
- Israel had come out of Egypt, now Egypt had to come out of Israel.
- Internal bondages from Egypt still held Israel back from walking in freedom. No matter how much God blessed them and performed miracles they were unable to enjoy and rejoice in God’s goodness.
Exodus 16:3 NKJV
3 And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
- Israel murmured against God and spoke foolishly saying, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt.”
- Israel forgot all the suffering they experienced in Egypt and the cruelty of the Egyptian taskmasters. Israel forgot about all their painful servitude, and instead thought only of their temporal fleshly impulses. — “when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full!”
- Israel accused God of being unfaithful and seeking their destruction. — “For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
Numbers 21:4-5 NKJV
4 Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way.
5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.”
- We can see how much “Egypt” was still in Israel by their attitude towards God’s miraculous daily provision of manna from Heaven. They described God’s daily miraculous provision of manna as loathsome and as “this worthless bread.”
- God took them through the wilderness, not to punish them, but to bring a further level of redemption and to free them from the bondage of Egypt that remained in their hearts.
- Sanctification redeems us from the power of sin that torments and plagues us with unthankfulness, fear, and anger, among other things.
- God wants to redeem us so that we can serve Him with hearts that are constantly filled with love and thanksgiving.
Ephesians 5:20 (NKJV)
20giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
- God led Israel into the wilderness to cleanse the people from their selfish and carnal ways. He wanted them to learn to walk in freedom with hearts full of joy and thanksgiving.
Deuteronomy 8:2 (NKJV)
2 And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
- In the wilderness, we are humbled and tested, the sin in our hearts is revealed, and our obedience is tested.
- The wilderness is where we learn to identify and acknowledge our sins and receive forgiveness and cleansing.
1 John 1:9 NKJV
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- God’s redemption of Israel from Egypt is a prophetic picture of justification and freedom from the penalty of sin which is eternal damnation.
- God’s redemption of Israel as He led them through the wilderness is a prophetic picture of sanctification and freedom from the power of sin where we are no longer tied down by our past failures, hurts, and bondages.
- God’s redemption of Israel as He led them into the Promised Land to inherit all He had promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is a prophetic picture of spiritual maturity where God takes us to a place we have never been before.
- The Promised Land is a place of fruitfulness and spiritual maturity. The Promised Land is where we fight battles in order to receive the inheritance that God has for us. It is a place of victory and a place where all our sorrows and losses are transformed to be used for His glory.
Hebrews 6:12 NKJV
12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
- Redemption is not a one-time event but a journey which God wishes to take each of His children on until we arrive at our final destination.
- God’s purpose is not to take us back to the Garden of Eden before man fell but to take us to His very Throne Room where we can experience a level of intimacy and glory that is unimaginable to us while in these mortal bodies.
Revelation 3:21 NKJV
21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
- Every time we are confronted with a difficult or painful situation the serpent is there through our flesh to whisper that God is unfaithful. But we can choose to say, “God is faithful and His ways are perfect.”
- We need to remember Jesus’ exhortation and not fall into the trap of the enemy who wants to deceive and defile us. — “so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16b, ESV).
Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
28And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
- Romans 8:28 describes the redemption process. When we love God and submit to the leading of His Holy Spirit, He will take every experience, the good and the bad, the joyful and the painful, our victories and our failures, and weave them together for good.
Romans 8:29 (NKJV)
29For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
- Romans 8:29 describes the fulfillment of God’s redemptive purposes for each believer if we are willing to fully yield to Him and go through the journey from Egypt through the wilderness and into the Promised Land. — “to be conformed to the image of His Son.”
- God is calling us to cooperate with His Holy Spirit as He leads us through the journey of redemption, therefore “let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9).
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