Sermonette: Redeemed, But Waiting for Redemption
David C. Grabbe
Given 10-Apr-21; 18 minutes
As the Israelites on the Sinai soon discovered, the crossing of the Red Sea marked only the beginning of a lengthy redemption process. The successful completion of the process requires a relationship with God (I Corinthians 10:6). When God through Paul notifies us that He redeems His called-out ones from the curse of the law, He is not saying that the law is a curse; rather, that curse is death, the consequence of sin. Jesus, through His death, redeems His people from the penalty of past sins, justifying them before God. But, He demands that the children of light, through the power of God's Holy Spirit, keep God's law, mortifying the flesh (Romans 8:13), thereby avoiding the curses resulting from breaking the law (Leviticus 26:28). During the sanctification process, God's people will still stumble, requiring repentance and forgiveness, but the ultimate goal through this entire process is the acquiring of a new nature as a result of the earnest payment of God's Spirit (Ephesians1:13-14) maturing into full term at the first resurrection. Redemption is a continual spiritual process not completed until the finish of the sanctification process. Passover commemorates what Christ's death set in motion. Christ's atoning work redeems from past sin, but those so redeemed require periodic redemption from sins, and await final redemption at their resurrection.