What are you doing with the redemption God gave you? According to the Tyndale Bible Dictionary Redemption is explained as “an English word derived from a Latin root meaning “to buy back,” thus meaning the liberation of any possession, object, or person, usually by payment of a ransom. In Greek the root word means “to loose” and so to free. The term is used of freeing from chains, slavery, or prison.”
In the Old Testament there are 3 words used for redemption and all 3 mean “to loose” as a verb. And as a noun mean “ransom”.
During the time of the Israelites journey through the wilderness and bondage in Egypt, God was their redeemer but he didn’t pay a ransom of money as He did provide freedom solely of His own. He explains in Ex 6:6 “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.” NKJV
After their freedom, Moses reviewed the 10 Commandments with those Israelites and when he explained to them how they were to handle the Sabbath Day he gave great detail that they were to remember what God had redeemed them from. Deuteronomy 5:15 “and remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.” NKJV
In the New Testament, Jesus comes as our Redeemer. Matthew explains in 20:28 “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” And in 1 Peter 1:18-19 “knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” NKJV
What have you been redeemed from? The Israelites were told to remember how God redeemed them from bondage and Peter speaks clearly to the early Christians stating what they were saved from, describing it as aimless conduct.
What aimless conduct or wanderings in the wilderness or as 1 Peter 2:9 describes, what darkness has Jesus redeemed you from and what are you doing with the redemption?
Are you living out the freedom He gave you from it?
Our redemption is too valuable to be swept under the rug, this is our testimony, our freedom and His purpose!