1Cor 1:30                              The Excellency of Christ                          2/7/2010         ßà   

 

 

 

 

 

#1.       Of Him Are Ye in Christ Jesus (1Cor 1:30, Eph 1:3-8, Luk 10:20, John 3:13, Rom 9, Eph 1,

 

 

 

 

 

#2.   Made Unto Us Wisdom from God (1Cor 1:30, John 17:3, Eph 1:8, Rom 11:33-36, Psalm 111:10)

 

 

 

 

 

#3.       Made Unto Us Righteousness (1Cor 1:30, Eph 1:4, Matt 5:48, John 6:37, 2Cor 5:21, Rom 5:16,18, 4:25, Tit 3:5)

 

 

 

 

#4.       Made Unto Us Sanctification (1Cor 1:30, Eph 1:4-5, Isa 59:2, Rev 2:5, 3:3, Col 3:1-4)

 

 

 

 

 

#5.    Made Unto Us Redemption(1Cor 1:30,Gal 3:13,Eph 1:7,Heb 3:18,John 8:36,Gen 9:6,Jer 9:23-24)

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, 1Cor 1:23 (2X). This is the third and final sermon on chapter 1 of this Epistle. We have reserved the best for last. The title of this sermon is, The Excellency of Christ (2X). Our Lord is very great. I would not be able to finish this topic in ten sermons. Thus I will limit myself to the words at hand at the end of this chapter. But let me first speak on one other item that comes into view in this passage, and that is the word “Glory”.

We know nothing of the glory that will surround the Lord Jesus Christ in the life hereafter. But before that time His glory consists of His victory over sin and Satan. We get a clear view of this glory of Christ as we read the Lord’s Prayer in John 17:1. This is the glory of the cross. We read here in 1Cor 1:23-31,

1Co 1:23-31  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord

The glory of Christ is in V24 associated with the infinite power of God and the infinite wisdom of God; two attributes of God that bring to nothing those who are of power among the children of men. Christ crucified manifests the power of God and the wisdom of God. Men think in their pride that they can exercise some power in this world. But God declares that this is just vain imagination. Please put a sticker here in 1Cor 1, and please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Isaiah, Isa 42:8 (2X). While you look that up, listen to what God says in Psalm 2:1-2, “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed.” You see, people imagine that they can shake themselves loose from the law of God, but it is all rebellion against God. Likewise, in Isa 42:8 God focuses on a rebellion in the churches against God. We read in Isa 42:8, “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” Who receives the glory in the churches for the salvation of men; who receives the credit? We read in John 13:20, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.” But the churches, using the popular NIV Bible, say from John 13:20, “I tell you the truth, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me, and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.” The word “accept” has been substituted for the word “receive”. Who receives the credit? The man who accepts Christ and accepts the preacher sent by Christ is the kingmaker. Man receives the credit. There are many such subtle changes made in the NIV Bible. But God does not tolerate such changes made in His Word. This is not what God has said. God calls all this rebellion, for churches have stolen His glory. With the use of the NIV Bible they have concocted another god who is not sovereign and who is not infinitely wise. It means that from the NIV they are bringing a plan of salvation that does not save anyone. This is the great rebellion of our days. They have tried to rob God of His glory. But 1Cor 1:29 says, “That no flesh should glory in his presence.” Please turn again to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, 1Cor 1:30 (2X).

#1.       Of Him Are Ye in Christ Jesus (1Cor 1:30, Eph 1:3-8, Luk 10:20, John 3:13, Rom 9, Eph 1, John 6, Rev 22:19)

1Co 1:30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

What is God saying in the beginning of this verse? “But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus” tells us that we are of God, and that God has placed our names in Christ Jesus. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 1:3 (2X). The same information that we read here in the beginning of 1Cor 1:30 has been written more extensively in the Epistle to the Ephesians. God tells us that He is sovereign, and man is not allowed to remove His sovereignty. God is greater than this universe. The plans of God for this universe have been drawn before the foundation of the world. What is man that we should change the plans of the Almighty by our whims and caprice, or by our volition whether we would accept or reject the Lord Jesus? We do not have such power. We read in Eph 1:3-8,

Eph 1:3-8 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

You see, God chose us unto salvation. We did not choose Him. We have no say in this matter. And He placed our names “in Christ,” meaning “in God the Son,” before the foundation of the world. The fact that we were and still are “in Christ” should be sufficient evidence that God has an elect people whom He favors, since He has placed our names “in Christ”. He did not place the names of everyone in the world “in Christ”. Why our names? The Lord Jesus tells us in Luke 10:20, “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” And the words “in heaven” refer to God the Son who was and is in heaven. When the Lord Jesus said in John 3:13, “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven” He thereby indicated that He, in His divine nature, never ceased to be God the Son, for He was present on earth as well as in heaven simultaneously, and our names were written in the mind of God the Son on earth as well as in heaven. Put another sticker here in Eph 1, for we will return here many times. When we search the Bible, we find 77 verses containing the words “in Christ”, and we find 67 verses containing the words “in Him”, and we find 9 verses containing the words “with Christ”, and we find 11 verses containing the words “by Jesus Christ”, and we find 4 verses containing the words “in Jesus Christ”, and we find 4 verses containing the word “predestinate. And we find 28 verses containing the word “chosen”. Of these 200 verses more than half bear reference to God’s sovereign plan of salvation by choosing an elect people before time began, whom He will save, and none other. We can see that the concept of election and predestination is all over the Bible, almost on every page. What an honor that God has bestowed upon us. Why would anyone want to throw away this honor and believe a lie? But the stupidity of Adam and Eve is repeated all over again. It is a shame that most of the churches do not preach any more on predestination and election. They have turned their back on the true Gospel of salvation. The church where I served as an elder 34 years ago was still faithful at that time, but they have made a complete turn for the worst. All the churches of that entire denomination have decided to abandon the blue Psalter Hymnal, because in the back of the Psalter Hymnal was printed the Canons of Dort, also known as the Canons of Dordrecht. These Canons of Dort were a faithful description of the sovereignty of God in election and reprobation. But this entire denomination has decided not to preach any more on the sovereignty of God. Many truckloads of faithful Psalter Hymnals have been taken to the dump. How is it possible that thousands of churches have jointly decided to pick and choose from the Bible, and deliberately not preach the whole counsel of God, and thereby withhold the true Gospel from those who need it most? How is it possible that they have concocted a god which cannot save, and then worship that impotent god? How dare they to ignore certain chapters in the Bible, such as Rom 9, and Eph 1, and John 6, and many other passages? Do they not realize that in principle they have taken out of the Bible these chapters and passages? Do they not realize that God says in Rev 22:19, “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book”? It means that anyone, including the pastor, who takes a word or a sentence out of the Bible, or skips over it, God says that this person is on the way to Hell. But such is the sentence of God on anyone who ignores the words, “in Christ”, or who denies that election is in the Bible. Please turn again to the First Epistle to the Cor, 1Cor 1:30 (2X).

#2.   Made Unto Us Wisdom from God (1Cor 1:30, John 17:3, Eph 1:8, Rom 11:33-36, Psalm 111:10)

1Co 1:30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

We will discuss these 4 attributes of God in the sequence we find here. The first is “Wisdom”. The Greek text states this portion a little differently: “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God.” When we read about “wisdom from God” in the Bible it usually refers to the wisdom unto salvation. This wisdom is a gift from God, for no man has this kind of wisdom by nature. It is a mistake to derive from this verse that Christ is called wisdom. That is an oversimplification which does injustice to Christ and to the Bible. We should not try to display our ignorance by substituting Christ for every mysterious object that we find. But here in verse 30 we read, “who was made unto us wisdom from God.” In other words, knowing Christ is made unto us the wisdom from God. Knowing Christ is made unto us the wisdom unto salvation, because the Bible teaches us that “knowing Christ” is the evidence of salvation. The Lord Jesus said in John 17:3, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” However, we must know the true Christ of the Bible, not an imitation Christ who is an impotent idol. The true Christ of the Bible is a sovereign God, and He is the Almighty Judge of the living and of the dead. The imitation Christ has a frozen smile all the time, but the true Christ of the Bible is angry with the wicked every day. Please turn again to Eph 1:8 (2X). This beautiful passage in Eph 1 not only states God’s loving kindness toward His elect, but it also states the incomprehensible attributes that we see here in 1Cor 1:30. We read in Eph 1:8, “Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;” or literally, “Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and understanding;” referring to His wisdom and understanding. In other words: God’s wisdom is infinite. And from His wisdom He has given us a little bit, just so that we will know and understand His salvation toward us, His elect. But let us now meditate on God’s wisdom for a moment. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Romans, Rom 11:33 (2X). What does it mean when we say that God’s wisdom is infinite? It means that God cannot increase in wisdom, or God does not learn more with time, which implies that throughout history God knows the end from the beginning. God never waits for some action of man, for God knows the end from the beginning. But the main reason why God knows the end from the beginning is not because He is omniscient, which means He is clairvoyant, but because He causes the end from the beginning to unfold according to His plan, His counsel, which He drafted before the foundation of the world. God causes history to unfold according to His plans, which means according to the good pleasure of His will. We read in Rom 11:33-36,

Ro 11:33-36  O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Look at these words, “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things.” If then the wisdom of God dictates that He knows all things, then He must also know that the heart of every man is deceitful and desperately wicked. Therefore, if God wants to reserve a people for Himself, then He must work out their salvation in all minutest detail, so that the Devil cannot get a foothold in any detail of their lives. Therefore, the wisdom of God makes it necessary that God saves through the concept of election and reprobation. God chooses some and passes by others. And those whom God chooses He bestows them with irresistible grace so that we receive the wisdom unto salvation. And His irresistible grace will continue to work in our lives, so that we can say with the Author of Psalm 111:10,

Ps 111:10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

This is what the wisdom and grace of God is determined to do in the lives of all the elect.

#3.       Made Unto Us Righteousness (1Cor 1:30, Eph 1:4, Matt 5:48, John 6:37, 2Cor 5:21, Rom 5:16,18, 4:25, Tit 3:5)

1Co 1:30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:              (Now we turn our attention to righteousness)

Christ is made unto us righteousness. What does this mean? Please turn again to the Epistle to the Ephesians and see once how this fits in, Eph 1:4 (2X). Perhaps you remember that we read in Eph 1:4 that we must stand without blame before Him, which means that we must stand without any guilt before Him. God says in Eph 1:4, “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” It was God’s purpose that we should stand holy and blameless before Him, which means that we stand righteous before Him. To this end God sent the Lord Jesus Christ to this earth to take care of our sins. This is why Christ was made unto us righteousness. The word “righteous” is the same as the word “just”, and this applies to both the Hebrew OT as well as the Greek NT. When we say that God is a just Judge, we are saying at the same time that He is a righteous Judge. Righteousness is a property of God; man does not have any righteousness. However, we cannot come into heaven unless we have the righteousness of Christ, for Christ said in Matt 5:48, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” And thus it takes an act of God to cause us to stand righteous before Him. This is the act of justification, which means that God declares us righteous in His sight. On what basis will God declare us righteous? He does not declare the whole human race righteous. God will declare us righteous if Christ has vicariously paid for the guilt of all our sins, and God passes by all those whom Christ has passed by. And who are the ones for whom Christ paid all the guilt of their sins? They are all the elect of God whom God the Father chose and gave to God the Son long before the foundation of the world, according to Eph 1:4 and according to John 6:37. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle of Second Corinthians, 2Cor 5:21 (2X). We need to understand how and why the Lord Jesus Christ paid for our sins, and when we were declared righteous in God’s sight. We also must remember that God appointed the Lord Jesus Christ as the judge of all the living and the dead. We read then in 2Cor 5:21,

2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Let us understand this verse correctly, for it is widely used, but it is used in error. This verse does not

say that Christ became sin in our place. The word “for” does not mean substitution, but it is the Greek word “huper”, which means “on behalf of”, for Christ is also the spotless lamb of God who may not be defiled with any sin. For example in the sentence: “this cough syrup is for your throat” does not mean that the cough syrup is in the place of your throat, but the cough syrup is applied on behalf of your throat. And thus, 1Cor 5:21 says literally, “For He (God) hath made Him (Christ) (to be) sin on behalf of us, who knew no sin, so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” But Christ knew no sin, and in the process Christ may not be defiled with our sin. Therefore this is what we understand this verse to convey: God imputed our sins to the account of Christ (a legal transaction), so that after the payment for our sins was complete the righteousness of Christ could be imputed to our account (again a legal transaction). Let me say this again: The Lord Jesus Christ as the righteous Judge declared that the penalty for our sins was an eternity in Hell. Then He stepped from behind the Judge’s bench, and in front of the Judge’s bench He paid the penalty in our place; He went to the cross and paid the equivalent of an eternity in Hell, and then He resumed His place behind the Judge’s bench, and in the process He was never defiled with our sins. This He did on Friday, April 3, in the year AD 33 almost 2000 years ago. That was the only day in history that sins were forgiven, for Christ did this only once. But since we know from Eph 1:4 that we were in Christ, we also know from other parts of the Bible that we were crucified with Christ, and we died with Christ, and we were buried with Christ, and we were raised with Christ, and we ascended with Christ into heaven, and we are seated with Christ in the heavenlies and are reigning with Him; already 2000 years ago. How can this be? Since the names of all the elect were and still are in Christ, He is our representative in the Spirit. Like Adam is our representative in the flesh, so God ordained from the beginning that Christ is our representative in the Spirit. Therefore, we read in Rom 5:

Ro 5:16  And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.

And so, here God speaks of our justification, which means God imputed the righteousness of Christ to our account. This is found in many other places in the Bible. For example we read in Rom 5:18,

Ro 5:18  Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

But since God wrote the Bible, we are obligated to harmonize the words of Scripture. Therefore the words “all men” in this verse does not refer to “all without exception”, but it refers to all the elect whose sins have been paid. And when was the atonement complete? God says in Rom 4:25, “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” When Christ was raised the atonement for our sins was complete, and we were declared righteous in God’s sight. Notice that this was about 2000 years ago on Resurrection Sunday. It was at that time already that we were declared righteous in His sight. The Westminster Confession says that God waited with that declaration until we were born again about 2000 years later. But the Westminster Confession is wrong. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to Titus, Tit 3:5 (2X). Christ completely paid for the guilt of our sins at the cross, and when we came into the world those hollow sins were still on us. That is why we were children of the wrath of God even as others who never become saved. God’s righteousness demanded that we were under His wrath as long as those sins were not removed. But then, on the day that we were born again God the Holy Spirit washed us from all our sins. We read this in Tit 3:5, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” And whose sins were removed by God the Holy Spirit? Only those for whom Christ suffered and died. And He died only for those who God the Father chose unto salvation and placed their names in the mind of God the Son. This then is the whole counsel of God which declares that Christ was made unto us the righteousness of God.

#4.       Made Unto Us Sanctification (1Cor 1:30, Eph 1:4-5, Isa 59:2, Rev 2:5, 3:3, Col 3:1-4)

     1Co 1:30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness,

and sanctification, and redemption:              (Now we turn our attention to sanctification)

Christ is made unto us sanctification. What does that mean? Please turn again to the Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 1:4 (2X). The word “sanctified” primarily means “set apart”. It does not mean “saved”, but set apart, or dedicated to the service of God. Even if a church is faithfully declaring the Gospel, not all the members of the church are necessarily saved, but all the members are set apart, or dedicated for the service of God. In a household where one of the parents is saved and the other is not, the children are holy, which is the same word as sanctified; the children are set apart for the service of God because they are in a Gospel home. The question we often hear is this: Who does the sanctification; is it God’s responsibility, or are we responsible for doing it? Let us hear again from Eph 1:4-5,

Eph 1:4-5  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

Let us now ask ourselves: If God has chosen us to be saved, and if Christ paid for all our sins the equivalent of an eternity in Hell, with the purpose that we should stand holy, which means sanctified, and without blame before Him, and if God predestinated us to become adopted children of God through the cross of Christ, and if all this comes to pass according to His will, is it then still possible that we would be drawn into so much sin that we can be separated from God? Will our sin separate us from God? We read in Isa 59:2, “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you that he will not hear.” Is this true? Can our actions hold back the plans of God? The answer is a resounding NO! Please turn to the Epistle to the Colossians, Col 3:1 (2X). We need to distinguish whether God is speaking to an individual or to a congregation. To an individual God says, “I have chosen you, I will draw you irresistibly to Christ and you will persevere in the faith, for I will send My Holy Spirit, and He will remind you every day to remain I my will.” But to a church God speaks differently. We can see that from Rev 2 and 3. To a church God says, for example in Rev 2:5, “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. And God speaks to the church at Sardis in the same stern tone. We read in Rev 3:3  “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” But if God speaks to individuals who belong to His elect, God speaks like in Col 3:1-4,

Col 3:1-4  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

    Paraphrased God says, “Christ has paid for all your sins. There is nothing that can hold you back from entering into eternal life. I will send my Holy Spirit to keep you in the faith, and you shall remain faithful.” In other words, God does not leave our sanctification into our hands, for we will surely mess it up. After having poured so much into our life that He even gave His only begotten Son, God does not leave our sanctification to chance, but He takes our sanctification into His own hands. And here in 1Cor 1:30 God informs us that it is Christ who takes our sanctification into His hands. Christ has become our assurance to complete sanctification. God’s Holy Spirit guarantees it.

#5.    Made Unto Us Redemption(1Cor 1:30,Gal 3:13,Eph 1:7,Heb 3:18,John 8:36,Gen 9:6,Jer 9:23-24)

1Co 1:30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

Christ is made unto us redemption. What does that mean? God says in Gal 3:13, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree. Please turn again to the Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 1:7 (2X). In the process of redemption we must consider that there is a Redeemer, and that there is something or someone who has to be redeemed. The verb to redeem means “to buy back”. Who sold himself into slavery and who has to be bought back? Adam sold himself into slavery when he ate from the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. And because Adam and Eve sold themselves into slavery, all their posterity were born in slavery, just like the children of Israel were born in the land of Egypt as slaves of Pharaoh. Who of the children of Israel that came out of Egypt were truly redeemed, in other words were bought back from slavery to sin and Satan? Only a few, such as Moses and Aaron, and Eleazar and Ithamar, and Joshua and Caleb, and Bezaleel and Aholiab, and perhaps also their wives. But most of them died in the wilderness because of unbelief (Heb 3:18). Who of the children of Adam were bought back from slavery to sin and Satan? Only a few. It is only a remnant chosen by grace who were and are being redeemed. We read in Eph 1:7, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” Christ is our Redeemer. He bought us back through His atonement on the cross. And He had to pay a great price for each one of us, for our sins were great, and the penalty for our sins was very great, but His love for us was also very great, even though the Judge requires that the righteousness of God must be satisfied, and therefore if Christ wanted to pay the penalty on our behalf He had to pay the equivalent of an eternity in Hell. This was the price He paid while hanging on the cross. Therefore He suffered both in body and in soul. But when He cried, “It is finished” He was still hanging on the cross, and still suffering in His body, but the suffering in His soul was completed. Did He buy back the entire human race? No. We do not have any evidence that the entire human race is saved. On the contrary. The saints are persecuted by those who remain unsaved, and those who remain unsaved are always in greater number than those who have been saved. And so we see again that Christ’s atonement was limited atonement; it was limited to the number of the elect. The concept of redemption is best conveyed by the Greek word “Exagorazo”. How can you remember this? You begin with the word “Agora”, which means the market place. Then the word “Agorazo” means to buy from the market place, or simply “to buy”. Then the word “Exagorazo” means to buy a slave from the slave market, and set him free. This is a beautiful picture of redemption, for Christ bought us out of the prison house of Satan, and then He set us free. The Lord Jesus said in John 8:36, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” However there is another aspect of the word “Redeemer”. God stated in Gen 9:6, “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” When during OT times someone was killed, the Kinsman, which means the next of kin of the victim pursued the murderer and kill him. This was a legitimate revenge according to the Word of God. This Kinsman is also called the Redeemer, for in Hebrew it is the same word. Now take this one step further. Satan was a murderer from the beginning. Who did he murder? He murdered the whole human race by his lies and temptations to sin against God, in the Garden of Eden. But then God sent our Kinsman, Christ, to avenge Satan’s killing spree. And thus Christ came into the world as one of us (2X), as our Kinsman and Redeemer. And Christ shall not rest till He has completely avenged our murder and has put an end to the kingdom of Satan. Of this we can be assured, for the excellency of Christ cannot be surpassed by any other creature. That is why God has crowned Him King of kings and Lord of lords. This is how we understand that Christ is made unto us redemption.

Let me try to summarize all that I have said in the past 45 minutes with a passage from Jer 9:23-24,

Jer 9:23-24  Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

There are many judgments that God must do because He is infinitely righteous, but in these things God delights. He is a God who delights in mercy.   AMEN.     Let us now turn to the Lord in prayer.