Atonement Vs. Redemption

Sat Aug 18 01:53:03 EDT 2001

>From:	MX%"rosewalk at"  "Shoshanna Walker" 17-AUG-2001 15:08:00.57
>To:	MX%"b-hebrew at"
>CC:	MX%"cms at"
>Subj:	Re:  Atonement Vs. Redemption

>>It's my understanding that redemption is an economic term.

>There was at least one case, in the Torah, where "redemption money" 
>was used to cleanse the people from sin.

Redemption is mentioned in Leviticus 25:48, Ruth 4:7, 2 Kings 12:5, 
and Psalm 130:7 as well as 12 times in the New Testament.  
Psalm 130:7 says, "let Israel look for the LORD, For with the LORD is 
kindness, with him is full redemption, And God will redeem Israel from 
all their sins."  The word "redeem(s)" or "redeemer" appears 90 times 
in the Old Testament and once in the New Testament.  Frequently, the 
LORD is said to redeem Israel.

>>When you
>>pay money to a clerk for an item at the store, you are said to redeem
>>its value so that the item becomes yours, i.e., that you own the item.
>>When we sin, we are slaves of sin, but Jesus redeems us so that we
>>become the property of Jesus, i.e., slaves of Christ.  This is why a
>>priest anoints you with oil by drawing a cross on your forehead and
>>says, "You are marked as Christ's own forever."

>But this is not a Biblical concept, it is a later invention.

The practice of anointing is an early Jewish and Christian practice.  
The word "anoint*" appears 24 times in the New Testament and 140 times 
in the Old Testament.  2 Corinthians 1:21 says, "But the one who gives 
us security with you in Christ and who anointed us is God; he has also 
put his seal upon us and given the Spirit in our hearts as a first 
installment."  See also 1 John 2:20 and 2:27.

The idea that we are slaves of Christ is found in several verses in 
the New Testament including Romans 1:1, 1 Corinthians 7:22, 
Galatians 1:10, Ephesians 6:6, Philippians 1:1, and Colossians 4:12, 
as well as Jude 1:1.   The expression "slave* of God*" appears in 
Romans 6:22, Titus 1:1, James 1:1, and 1 Peter 2:16.  The last verse 
indicates that we find true freedom in slavery to God.


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