Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. – Galatians 5: 1 Several states in America have enacted a stand your
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. – John 8: 36. Apparently, the freedom which you get from Christ is like no other freedom. When Christ makes you free, you
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. – Psalm 51: 12 (KJV) This request of David comes at the tail end of a major mistake in his
“The purchase back of something that had been lost, by the” “payment of a ransom. The Greek word so rendered is apolutrosis,” “a word occurring nine times in Scripture, and always with the” “idea of a ransom or price paid, i.e., redemption by a lutron” (see Matt. 20:28; Mark 10:45). There are instances in the LXX. Version of the Old Testament of the use of lutron in man’s “relation to man (Lev. 19:20; 25:51; Ex. 21:30; Num. 35:31, 32;” “Isa. 45:13; Prov. 6:35), and in the same sense of man’s relation” to God (Num. 3:49; 18:15). “There are many passages in the New Testament which represent “Christ’s sufferings under the idea of a ransom or price, and the” result thereby secured is a purchase or redemption (comp. Acts “20:28; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; Gal. 3:13; 4:4, 5; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14;” “1 Tim. 2:5, 6; Titus 2:14; Heb. 9:12; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19; Rev.” “5:9). The idea running through all these texts, however various” “their reference, is that of payment made for our redemption. The” “debt against us is not viewed as simply cancelled, but is fully” “paid. Christ’s blood or life, which he surrendered for them, is” “the “ransom” by which the deliverance of his people from the” servitude of sin and from its penal consequences is secured. It “is the plain doctrine of Scripture that “Christ saves us neither” “by the mere exercise of power, nor by his doctrine, nor by his” “example, nor by the moral influence which he exerted, nor by any” “subjective influence on his people, whether natural or mystical,” “but as a satisfaction to divine justice, as an expiation for” “sin, and as a ransom from the curse and authority of the law,” thus reconciling us to God by making it consistent with his “perfection to exercise mercy toward sinners” (Hodge’s Systematic” Theology).
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