Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ransome

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Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28

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Ransome is the price, or paymen,t made for our redemption, as when it is said that the Son of man "gave his life a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:28)  (Acts 20:28; Romans 3:23,24; 1 Corinthians 6:19,20; Galatians 3:13; 4:4,5; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14) (1 Timothy 2:6; Ti 2:14; 1 Peter 1:18,19) In all these passages the same idea is expressed.

The Greek word for ransome (Gr.lutron) was used most commonly for the price paid to redeem a slave. The debt is not cancelled but as fully paid.   Christ paid the ransom price of his own life to free us from the slavery of sin. We are not liberated by a mere gratuitous favour, but the entire ransom price has been paid. We, slaves to sin, can now be set free. We have been "bought with a price." This price is Christ — His blood, His death. He secures our redemption by the payment of a ransom. It was "Paid in Full ."  That is the Good News!  Don't keep it a secret, go tell it on the mountain.

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