Tuesday, May 5, 2015

You change the atmosphere...

artwork by Lena Zieber

As I gazed at this beautiful work of art by Lena Zieber while listening to an anointed new hymn by Jenn Johnson & Bethel Music, I Can Feel YouI suddenly became so aware of the presence of my Redeemer, Jesus Christ…Here You surround me, I am held by love, I can feel You, Jesus all around, Now hope is rushing through my veins, With everything You've rearranged, I am peaceful, I am brave, When You're here with me, all my questions find their answers here, When You come You change the atmosphere, I am focused, I am clear, When You're here with me, There is nothing in this world that will satisfy my soul like You do…
 
My heart continues to be drawn back to Ephesians Chapter One for a word study on redemption from Ephesians 1:7-8..

Amplified: In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor, which He lavished upon us in every kind of wisdom and understanding (practical insight and prudence)

TLB: So overflowing is his kindness toward us that he took away all our sins through the blood of his Son, by whom we are saved; and he has showered down upon us the richness of his grace—for how well he understands us and knows what is best for us at all times.

NLT: He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

NET Bible: In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight.

Phillips: It is through the Son, at the cost of his own blood, that we are redeemed, freely forgiven through that full and generous grace which has overflowed into our lives and opened our eyes to the truth.

Wuest: in Whom we are having our redemption through His blood, the putting away of our trespasses according to the wealth of His grace which He caused to superabound to us in the sphere of every wisdom and understanding.

Young’s Literal: in whom we have the redemption through his blood, the remission of the trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, in which He did abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence

Our redemption is "in Christ" and we now and forever live in the atmosphere of the light, truth, and power of that same eternal redemption. It's as if the "redemption" Christ has provided is now the air in which we believers live and breathe and have our being. In Christ and through the efficacious work accomplished by His blood shed on the Cross 2000 years ago, we have truly been set free. The present tense indicates durative action, paraphrased, “in Whom we are continually having redemption” or "we have and are still having it." In Christ, now redemption is our present and our continual possession. Redemption is an abiding fact, past, present, and future.

Redemption (apolutrosis) is the payment of a price to ransom, to release, to buy back or to deliver one from a situation from which one is powerless to liberate themselves from or for which the penalty was so costly that they could never hope to pay the ransom price. In other words, the idea of redemption is deliverance or release by payment of a ransom.

When was this price of blood that effected our redemption paid? On the Cross when Jesus declared, "It is finished," the Greek verb Tetelestai which translated means, Paid in Full! When someone had a debt in ancient times and it was paid off, they would write Tetelestai on that certificate which means Paid in Full, the exact words Jesus declared in His moment of ultimate triumph over satan and sin! Tetelestai was used by various people in everyday life. Receipts for taxes found in the the secular Greek writings have written across them this single Greek word Tetelestai! When a Roman citizen was convicted of a crime, the law of that day slammed him in prison, prepared a "Certificate of Debt" that listed all the crimes he was convicted of on it and nailed the certificate to his cell door for all to see. It remained nailed there so all would be assured that he served his full sentence, and "paid in full" the penalty for his crimes. When Jesus, dying for us on the Cross, announced His great victory cry with the Greek word Tetelestai, it would have resonated with many watching this spectacle for it was a very familiar phrase. Tetelestai was the same word that the authorities stamped across the Certificate of Debt after a criminal had completed his prison term. It literally meant that he had Paid in Full for all his crimes. Then the criminal was given the certificate which he could produce to show that his debts and obligations had been paid in full. He could never be a victim of double jeopardy, or paying for the same crime twice. In a similar way, when an artist completed a picture or a writer finished his manuscript, he might say, It is finished! When the servant completed the task the master had assigned to him, he would declare, It is finished!, when the master returned. The death of Jesus on the Cross completes the picture that God had been painting since before the foundation of the world, the story that He had written from all eternity.

A missionary in West Africa was trying to convey the meaning of the word redeem in the Bambara language. So he asked his African assistant to express it in his native tongue. "We say," the assistant replied, "that God took our heads out." "But how does that explain redemption?" the perplexed missionary asked. The man told him that many years ago some of his ancestors had been captured by slave-traders, chained together, and driven to the seacoast. Each of the prisoners had a heavy iron collar around his neck. As the slaves passed through a village, a chief might notice a friend of his among the captives and offer to pay the slave-traders in gold, ivory, silver, or brass. The prisoner would be redeemed by the payment. His head then would be taken out of his iron collar. What an unusual and graphic illustration of the word redeem! As Ephesians 1:7 states, "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace." Jesus died on the cross to purchase our freedom from the bondage of sin...I know my Redeemer lives...I spoke with Him this morning...

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28 comments:

  1. Yes my Redeemer lives! How special it is to spend in His presence. I am visiting from the #RaRaLinkup

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    1. Thank you, Carolyn, I so agree with you ❤️

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  2. Wow Beth,,,what amazing imagery.
    Jesus would approve...He was forever telling stories in ways his listeners could understand.
    I love the way God's truth's can be told in the language and customs of a people and lose nothing of their power.
    Love your word studies !

    xxxx

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    1. Thank you, Mary, you are such a sweet encourager ❤️

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  3. Such a beautiful post, and what a wonderful reminder. Thank you!

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  4. A perfect reminder that points us back to God's Word. Thank you for this. So many wonderful translations. Following you at Testimony Tuesday. Blessings!

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging words, Julie ❤️

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  5. So rich in kindness and grace. I am blessed that God "took my head out." What a beautiful story of redemption.

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    1. Me, too, Pamela! Thank you for your thoughtful comments ❤️

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  6. My redeemer lives! I enjoyed reading this post. Thanks for sharing such inspiring words.

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    1. Thank you, Donna. Many blessings to you ❤️

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  7. Love the story from the missionary in West Africa - a powerful visual to describe redemption. Only we don't have to wonder if we'll get picked - because He picks us all, if we'll only look up and accept Him. Beautiful!

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    1. Amen, Kathryn, I so agree with you. I left a comment on your wonderful post on "trust" today. Many blessings to you ❤️

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  8. Beautiful teaching on this word, Tetelestai. And what a powerful image of a debt removed in your last story. Thank you for coming around the table today at #livefreeThursday.

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    1. Thank you, Susie, I love the #LiveFreeThursday community ❤️

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  9. Wow! A glorious pop of color, a powerful message, an encouraging word of praise this morning. Thanks, Beth!

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    1. Thank you, Linda, always enjoy your encouraging words ❤️

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  10. I love the illustration at the end, Beth! Indeed, he takes our head out--both literally and figuratively!

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  11. I love continually reading about how He showers me with kindness. Sometimes I have my head down, working so hard, that I forgot to look up and delight in the shower. Amen for His redemption.

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    1. Jen, thank you for your sweet comments...many blessings to you ❤️

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  12. This is a wonderful word study! What a blessed, blessed word--Redemption--and what a blessed Redeemer we have! "Fully cancelled was the debt . . . " Thank you so much for sharing these truths and thoughts. Visiting from Blessings Counter link-up. :-)

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    1. Rebekah, your encouraging words are greatly appreciated ❤️

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  13. Thanks for linking up at Women With Intention Wednesdays! I look forward to what you'll share tomorrow! :)

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    1. Jenny, your enthusiastic response is so encouraging to me! I hope you enjoyed my third post in this series on Ephesians Chapter One ❤️ http://bethwillismiller.blogspot.com/2015/05/gods-superabounding-niagara-falls-grace.html

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  14. Thanks for linking this with us at Grace & Truth. God's glorious plan of redemption is astounding!

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    1. Holly, thanks for your encouraging comment ❤️

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