Ransomed, Redeemed and Atoned forAuthor: Dave Arnold
“Down headlong from their native skies
The rebel angels fell,
And thunderbolts of flaming wrath
Pursued them deep to hell.
Down from the top of earthly bliss
Rebellious man was hurled;
And Jesus stooped beneath the grave
To reach a sinking world.”1
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem” (Galatians 4:4, 5). “Fullness of time” means “when the proper time had come.” “Redeem” means ‘to buy out of the marketplace.’ It can also mean ‘buy back.’ The word was used frequently of ransoming slaves.”2 The Amplified Bible states, “God sent His Son to ransom, redeem, and atone for.” Christ brought salvation to a sinful world.
“Not only do we know God by Jesus Christ alone, but we know ourselves only by Jesus Christ. We know life and death only through Jesus Christ. Apart from Jesus Christ, we do not know what is our life, nor our death, nor God, nor ourselves” (Blaise Pascal).3
1. Spurgeon’s Commentary on Great Chapters of the Bible, Compiled by Tom Carter, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1998, p. 23
2. Word Meanings in the New Testament, Ralph Earle, Hendrickson Publications, Inc., P. O. Box 3473, Peabody, MA, 01961-3473, Copyright 1974, p. 280