REDEMPTION: This is one word that is used to describe the precious gift that we have received through Christ Jesus. Other words that are used to describe this gift are: salvation, reconciliation, sanctification, eternal life, justification. These words are used in the Scripture to help us understand what God has done for us through His Son Jesus.
Other words are used to describe the horrible state from which one in Christ has been delivered: condemnation, damnation, lost, destruction, alienated, perishing, etc. As we come to understand the meaning of these words that describe our condition outside of Christ and as we come to understand the meaning of the words which describe the gift that we have in Christ, it is then that we really begin to understand just how precious this gift really is.
Redemption is so precious that God was willing to give his only begotten Son to provide it (John 3:16). Redemption is so precious that Jesus was willing to leave His place in heaven and take on the very nature of man to accomplish it (Hebrews 2:17). Redemption is so precious that Jesus was willing to shed His blood upon the cross to pay for it (Ephesians 1:7). Redemption is so precious that the apostles were willing to suffer beatings, persecutions, imprisonment and even execution to proclaim it (Acts 7:58-60). Redemption is so precious that the first believers in Jerusalem, when driven from their homes by persecution, preached the word wherever they went (Acts 8:1-4).
How precious is this redemption to you? Have you accepted this precious gift by obedience to the gospel? (Acts 16:15-16) Is it precious enough to you to share this gift with others? -Wendell Ingram