Bible studies

Redemption is being saved or rescued from errors of our ways at a price. Errors we make can be out of evil intent or what can be considered sins. We may wonder why people have become so evidently evil in these days. The bible states, in 2 Timothy 3:2-4 New King James Version (NKJV) “… men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,”

God loves his creation and does not want us to remain in this condition.

Titus 2:14 New International Version (NIV) reads, “who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”

We are not able of ourselves to always correct what needs to be corrected. We need the Creator to correct those things that are out of our control. And anyone can see that this world is out of control.

If we are honest, we will admit that we must have Divine intervention to resolve the issues of our day. As long as we keep God out of the picture, the more we are left to ourselves to try and resolve a dilemma of great magnitude. Sheer willpower will not help. Many of us are aware that using our willpower to control habits or sins can be futile. You can forget about trying to change someone else in your own power. It can be a challenge for many parents to  calm down a toddler who is having a temper tantrum. Someone who is so small can contend with the best of us.

I believe that parenthood is a way that God shows us that we are not in complete control. We are all born into this world with the free will to do what we want, when we want, and how we want. We want to believe that we will make the best decisions for ourselves and our families. Some of us do and some don’t.  God is not asking us to be perfect. We can’t be but God is perfect and holy. He steps in to redeem us from the sins that plague mankind.

The world became cursed when a decision was made by mankind many years ago. When man was deceived, showing that even the most innocent of us can be taken off course to do wrong. How did our children learn what is right and what is wrong? We have to tell them. In the end it will be their decision. It will be their doing.  If you could help your children make the right decision when the time is right to spare them and possibly others, wouldn’t you do everything you could to make that happen?

Matthew 26:26-28New International Version (NIV)

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the[a] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Mark 10:45New International Version (NIV)

45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Acts 20:28New International Version (NIV)

28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God,[a] which he bought with his own blood.[b]

Romans 3:23-25New International Version (NIV)

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,[a] through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—

1 Corinthians 1:30New International Version (NIV)

30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

1 Corinthians 6:20New International Version (NIV)

20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Ephesians 1:7-10New International Version (NIV)

7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he[a] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

Ephesians 4:30New King James Version (NKJV)

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Galatians 3:14New King James Version (NKJV)

14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Galatians 4:4-7New King James Version (NKJV)

4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born[a] of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

Philippians 2:12New King James Version (NKJV)

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12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Colossians 1:13-14New International Version (NIV)

13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Hebrews 9:15New King James Version (NKJV)

15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of[b] God through Christ.

1 Peter 1:18-19New International Version (NIV)

18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.