Dictionary definitions can actually support a spiritual context. Let’s take a look at redemption along with scriptures.
- To recover ownership by paying a sum. Corinthians says we were bought with a price. (1 Cor. 6:19-20, 7:22-23, Col. 1:19-20)2. To pay off. There are a couple of places in scripture that talk about debts being forgiven or cancelled out. (Matt. 6:12, 18:23-27, Col. 2:13-14)3. To turn in and receive something in exchange. Scripture says we are dead to our old life in exchange for a new one. (Romans 6, 7, 8)4. To fulfill, like a pledge. Scripture says Papa gave us Holy Spirit as a pledge, or guarantee, of the inheritance he’s given us. (2 Cor. 5:4-5, Eph. 1:13-14)
5. To convert into cash. Hmmm, that one is interesting. Many places in scripture speak of us as Papa’s treasured possession and also about treasuring him. Yeah, that’s a keeper.
6. To set free, rescue or ransom. The gospel and Timothy tell us that Jesus death is a ransom for all of us to go free. (Matt. 20:28, Mark 10:45, 1 Tim. 2:6, Gal. 5:1, Col. 1:12-13)
7. To save from a state of sinfulness and its consequences. I’d say that one was written for us.
8.To make up for. Jesus makes up for so much. It would be difficult to make a list of all that he does. In his compassion, he saw us as sheep without a shepherd and brought us into relationship with him. That makes up for anything lost in this life. (Matt. 9:36, Mark 6:34, John 10:11, 1 Pet. 5:4, Rom. 8)
9. To restore to honor, worth or reputation of. Now there’s a big one. Genesis says man was created to be in God’s image and enjoy relationship with him. Adam lost that and Jesus restored it. (Rom. 8, Gal. 3:29, 4:7, James 2:5)