The greatest blessing ever Part – 1
As saints like Enoch, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, David, Samuel, Jehoshaphat, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, Peter, Paul, Stephen, and others, who have gone to glory or are still alive partook of this provision, so is everyone who is yet to benefit from it. Full redemption is available for everyone, who repents from sin. When God redeems people, He also translates them into His kingdom. As Enoch had the privilege of literal translation from earth to heaven, everyone who is redeemed will be spiritually translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s Son.
Redemption with translation is what we expect God to provide. And it is free – requiring no other price to be paid by anyone; fresh – needing no human efforts to renew its efficacy and power; and, full – necessitating no additional intervention or recipe outside Christ to complete it. Everyone who obtains free, fresh and full redemption through Christ’s blood has hope of being raptured to live with God eternally.
The Scripture refers to the catching away of redeemed saints at rapture in fulfilment of the Lord’s promise to return to take us to heaven, as our final redemption. To be redeemed and set free from the captivity to sin and Satan requires earnest prayer of repentance and faith in Christ’s atonement. The Scripture describes the unredeemed as captives of Satan, who holds them in bondage to sin and sickness. The good news from God, however, is that: “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered….”
Redemption through the sacrificial death of our Saviour Jesus Christ comes with “forgiveness of sins”. Lack of understanding of this truth makes some people to pray for forgiveness for many years without obtaining it. They behave like the two thieves hanged with Christ, who could neither obtain forgiveness from their community nor the Roman government. But when it dawned on one of them that it was his last moment, he suddenly recognised Christ as Redeemer and requested to be forgiven and be remembered in His Kingdom. Though his prayer was simple, he obtained his request.
Saul of Tarsus also lived a sinful and wicked life. While he was travelling to Damascus to continue His persecution of the church, Christ appeared to him. His response to Christ’s enquiry showed that he did not know he was wrong. However, he repented and obtained forgiveness. Like the thief and Saul of Tarsus obtained redemption, anyone who repents, forsakes sin and prays to God for mercy will obtain “redemption” and “forgiveness of sins”. People who deserve capital punishment for crimes they have committed can also obtain forgiveness, since Christ died and shed His blood for all.
God does not deny anyone forgiveness, even when fellow humans and governments do. His forgiveness is “according to the riches of his grace,” which reaches every sinner, irrespective of the height or depth of their depravity. Besides, the riches or wealth of God’s grace is so abundant that everyone can benefit from it, free of charge.
Though God records sins committed against Him, He forgives, forgets and blots them out, when the sinner repents, confesses, forsakes them and receives Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Redemption is available, accessible and obtainable. It is needless praying for forgiveness of sins God has blotted out, just because the seeker does not ‘feel’ saved. It is by the blood of Jesus we are forgiven, cleansed and saved, and we cannot know it by our prevailing mood, feelings or emotion.
Further Reading (King James Version): Colossians 1:12-14; Isaiah 49:24, 25; Colossians 1:14; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 2:14,15; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:23-26; Colossians 1:2,4,27; 2:6,11,20; 3:1,3,16; 4:12; Colossians 1:13; Ephesians 2:6.
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