These are interesting words that are often misaligned by the pulpit. The Church only teaches you half -truths because they know that no one will question their authority. I am just a common man with a love for our Father, I hold no affiliations with any of the thousands of religions of the world. Just a concentric view of our Lord. In my walk with Christ I try to always remembered the scripture that tells me that there are no mysteries in the Word, the only one that makes it a mystery is MAN. Right now we will look at the word Redemption.
What does redemption mean to the Christian? If you followed my blog yesterday, MAN ( Adam, Mark, Sam), has a dual side to his character, good and evil. Adam chose evil and ever since then man has been destroying the Church ( Susan, Beth ect.). In the manner of molestation, rape, domestic violence, etc. The woman is the Church, the nourriture, she teaches the children how to live a godly life and also helps her husband in their married life. So when man fell, Father in his infinite wisdom knew man had to have a redemptive process for the evil inherent in his spirit. The Father gave His only begotten son as a sacrifice to absolve our sins, a change from the law of the Old Testament. In the Old Testament you were to go to a Priest so that he could speak God on your behalf; your sins were rolled over. In the New Testament we are not under the Law, we are under Grace.
Notwithstanding, salvation is your faith that Christ died for your sins and rose from the dead. My faith is based on that one premise, simple as that. I have been in and around churches for the last 30yrs or so and the majority teach the same thing, that you are to pay our Father in heaven money for our redemption and salvation. Do you believe that our Father sacrificed His only begotten Son to save us from our sins so that He could turn around and charge us for salvation?
Yesterday I was watching a well known Pastor and he brought up a word I have never heard of before. Redemptive blessings. His premise was that you give your first moneys to the church and your Father will make sure you have good health and are financially well off. Really? Again I will ask, do I have to pay my Father for Redemption and Salvation? The Lord created you to have a personal relationship with you. The Lord loves me and the Lord loves you too. Just remember that the Lord loves a generous giver.
For the women that read this blog, read Song of Songs and put your name in it. The book was written by King Solomon who is an epiphany of Christ. He is describing the beauty of the bride of Christ, which is the Church.
Inconclusion. When Paul was talking to to the church in 2nd Corinthians 8: 12-14, Paul was talking to a corrupt church, a church that professed to believe in Christ but did not believe in the resurrection. Remember this were New Testament times. Pay attention to verse 12…. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have (NIV)… What this means is simple, you do not take food off the table, but you do make sure that all bills are paid: then the excess you have, give with a willing and joyful heart. The Father is not going to give me bad health and tell me that He will not let me prosper, everything I have is His and He can take it whenever He wants to. It is no wonder I run across people who are concerned about their redemption and salvation in Christ.
Tag along and lets walk to Jerusalem; our inheritance. See you Monday and have a great weekend. Remember to talk to your Father.