Pastor Amos Dada PhD; P.Eng
It is with great delight and joy that I welcome you to the month of October, our Month of Redemption. I
like the words of the Lord: “Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed
you from your enemies.” Psalm 107:2 NLT I like that question, can you confirm that in your spirit. He
then urges us to trumpet it. Let The Redeemed of the Lord say so! Redemption is about salvation from
the evil grip of sin and Satan. This month a new era of freshness of redemption shall blow to your heart,
spiritual face and pervade and characterize all that surrounds you in Jesus name.
What is Redemption?
Growing up when about to sleep, my parents usually gather us to have family devotion. It consists of five
simple spiritual activities, sing some choruses, then a hymn, then a passage of scriptures (mostly Psalms,
I don’t know why and don’t ask me why) then some elucidation on the bible passage and prayers. The
hymns are very inspiring. Two hymns always get my attention, namely, Redemption! Oh, wonderful
story and abide with me. Let me share with you the lyrics of the first stanza Of Redemption Oh
Wonderful story as penned down by the Holy Ghost through S. M. Sayford
Redemption! oh, wonderful story/Glad message for you and for me/That Jesus has purchased our
pardon,/And paid all the debt on the tree. Refrain /Believe it, O sinner, believe it; /Receive the glad It is
message—’tis true;/Trust now in the crucified Savior, Salvation He offers to you
Redemption is the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil. It is the act of regaining or
gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt. The synonyms include
recovery, reclamation and repossession. Anytime you see the word ‘re’ it means doing it over again
usually in a better form. When God made us according to his own testimony in Genesis 1:3 – ‘we were
very good’ But in Gen 3 – we became very deformed by sin and in need of redemption. Everyone is in
need of redemption. Our natural condition was characterized by guilt: “all have sinned and fall short of
the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Christ’s redemption has freed us from guilt, being “justified freely by
His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24).
Redemption is a biblical word that means "a purchase" or "a ransom." Historically, redemption was used
in reference to the purchase of a slave's freedom. A slave was "redeemed" when the price was paid for
his freedom. God spoke of Israel's deliverance from slavery in Egypt in this way: "I am the LORD, and I
will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them,
and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment"
Purpose of redemption abused.
The pain in my heart and reason for this article is that humanity keeps abusing the purpose of
redemption. Those who have been redeemed behave as if they are not. They waste the pains of Jesus
on Calvary when they fail to appropriate redemption. But the larger pain is due to two thirds of the
world that fails to appropriate the redemptive power of Jesus. Who for one ignorance or the other think
that there is someone else that can save them based on their ideology, philosophy or revelation! To
some they think it was sheer arrogance for Jesus to say: “I am the way the truth and the life” But friends
Jesus is unique among all mortals! “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the
offering for our sin,[e] so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” 2 Cor 5:21. Who hath
delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:14 In
whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Christ Is Supreme. When one
considers the price that God paid for our redemption he may ask, “Why?” Why did God plan redemption
in eternity past? Why did God pay such a price as to give His only begotten Son to die a criminal’s death
being executed by crucifixion? Why did God allow Jesus to suffer excruciating physical pain at the whim
of the Jews and by the hands of the Romans? Why would he then increase the suffering Himself pouring
out the full force of His fierce wrath toward sin on Him who knew no sin? Very quickly someone turns to
John 3:16 and answers, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever
believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” To which there are shouts of, “Amen! The
purpose of God’s redemption is to give us eternal life and take us to Heaven when we die! What a day of
rejoicing that will be!” The purpose of redemption include eternal life (Revelation 5:9-10), forgiveness of
sins (Ephesians 1:7), righteousness (Romans 5:17), freedom from the law’s curse (Galatians 3:13),
adoption into God’s family (Galatians 4:5), deliverance from sin’s bondage (Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 1:14-18),
peace with God (Colossians 1:18-20), and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). To be
redeemed, then, is to be forgiven, holy, justified, free, adopted, and reconciled!
Let me add another one, God’s purpose in redemption was not about transporting us into the presence
of Jesus when we die, but transforming us into the likeness of Christ. This is clearly stated in Romans
8:29 where the scripture says, “For those whom He (God) foreknew, He also predestined to become
conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;” This
transformation is what we miss out. We trumpet going to heaven and live any how here. That is wrong.
Redemption renews you. Redemption makes you a new creation, Redemption gives you a new status.
Redemption makes you incorruptible. Hear what John said- Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not:
whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he
that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for
the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might
destroy the works of the devil.9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in
him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. What John is saying is that redemption does not just
guarantee your sins are washed away, it guarantees your victory over sin! It is an embarrassment to
Jesus when we the redeemed as Christians wallow in sin, tell lies, do fraud, kill, murder, steal and commit
adultery. Jesus is not coming back to die again he is coming back as a lion not a lamb, a judge not to
What does redemption propel you to do?
As mentioned above redemption does not just pave way for your making heaven and transport and
empowers to be victorious over sin. Let me give you other things redemption empowers you to do.
1.Redemption empowers you to be productive. When God created man, he empowered them to be
productive. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the
earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over
every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Gen 1:28. God also ordered.. .. Man to till the ground,
Gen 2:5,. and there was not a man to till the ground. Then the worst was unleashed on us: Adam and Eve
disobeyed God and the land was cursed: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it
all the days of thy life; But redemption took over. Jesus redeemed us from the curse. “Christ hath
redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one
that hangeth on a tree” Gal 3:13. Friends , redemption empowers you to be productive. The redeemed of
God are not mediocre. Christians should know that redemption and the Holy Ghost empower them to do
better in all spheres of life. It is important to say this because I remember even in our school days some
Christians attributed failing exams to the fact that they are Christians, because they go to church and
pray and do night vigils! Some argue that because they are redeemed of God they cannot do business as
usual e.g. bribe men to get contract and so that they cannot compete well in a corrupt society. Friend,
redemption delivers you from laziness and unholy acts.
2. Redemption empowers you to be co-labourers with God. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you
are God’s field, God’s building. 1 Cor 3:9 “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did
beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 2 Cor 5:20
3. Redemption empowers you to be soul winners. If you are redeemed, you are mandated to win souls.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Ghost:” Matt 28:19. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to
every creature Mk 16:15
4. Redemption empowers you to be over the devil. Your redemption does not make you to fear the
devil but for the devil to fear you. “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and
over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Lk 10:19
5. Redemption empowers you to have good health: This is one area that people are not exercising their
rights. “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs” (Matthew 15:26). And said, If
thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight,
and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon
thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee. Ex 15:26
6. Redemption empowers you to prosper. “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper
and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” 3 John 1:2. That you are redeemed does not mean you
must be poor. The redeemed are not forbidden from being prosperous. In fact Jesus promised you and I
abundance of life. God did not want the redeemed to engage in making money in an unjust way but God
wants you to be wealthy. Holiness is not synonymous with poverty. Being rich or wealthy does not
necessarily men being ungodly.
7. Redemption empowers you to glorify Jesus and his father. “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have
finished the work which thou gavest me to do.5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self
with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” John 4:4-5. Jesus says he has completed the
work he was sent to earth to perform –the work on of redemption. We the redeemed are empowered to
worship God, praise him and live for him.
The streets of heaven will be filled with former captives who, through no merit of their own,
but by accepting Jesus find themselves redeemed, forgiven and free. Slaves to sin have become saints.
No wonder we will sing a new song—a song of praise to the Redeemer who was slain (Revelation 5:9)
You are the redeemed of the Lord, live like the redeemed of the Lord, empowered, prosperous, holy and
victorious over sickness, sin and evil.
Dr. Amos Dele Dada is the District Superintendent of Christ Apostolic Church Bethel Canada. He is
the Convener of International Gathering of Eagles Conference and President, Canadian Institute
of Leadership and Development. www.igoeministry.com, www.canadaleadership.com and
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