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REDEMPTION: THE PURPOSE OF THE INCARNATION

I. Introduction: 

 The third major event in the history of our redemption is the life and work of Christ. He came from Heaven, took on flesh, lived an perfect life, died on the cross, and was raised from the dead three days later. Christ did this to redeem a people for Himself. Any and all who turn from their sins and trust in Jesus as their Savior are a part of this redeemed people. Tonight, in our time together, I just want to briefly look at the wonder of our redemption. By simply considering several passages from Paul’s letters, I want us to see who we were without Christ and who we are with Him.

II.  The Glory of Our Redemption

 A.  Who we were without Christ:
  1.  Without excuse- Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges (Romans 2:1).
  2.  Under condemnation- Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men…(Romans 5:18).
  3.  Slaves to unrighteousness- …you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness (Romans 6:19).
  4.  Foolish- The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him (1 Corinthians 2:14).
  5.  Blind- In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers (2 Corinthians 4:4). 
  6.  Cursed- Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them (Galatians 3:10).
  7.  Dead in our sins- And you were once dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked (Ephesians 2:1-2).
  8.  Without God- Remember that you were at that time…without God in the world (Ephesians 2:12).
  
 B.  Who we are with Christ:
  1.  Justified- For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:22-24).
  2.  Slaves of righteousness- But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin…have become slaves of righteousness (Romans 6:17-18).
  3.  Children of God- For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have receieved the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ (Romans 8:14-15).
  4.  Indwelt by the Spirit- Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand things freely given us by God (1  Corinthians 2:12).
  5.  Ambassadors for Christ- Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us (2 Corinthians 5:20).
  6.  Heirs- So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God (Galatians 4:7).
  7.  Alive in Christ- But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us…made us alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-5).
  8.  Redeemed- He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13-14). 

III.  Conclusion:

 This is what Christ has come to do for us.  His work of our redemption is glorious and worthy of all that we are.  Peter sums it up well: But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of  him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy (1 Peter 2:9-10).  May we indeed spend this season (and our lives) proclaiming His excellencies!  Amen.

~ William Marshall ~

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 December 2011 )

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