Pristine Grace

Complete Redemption
by Jim Byrd
Complete Redemption

"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood." (Acts 20:28)  

     The blood by which the people of God were redeemed was that of One who was both the Son of God and the Son of Man. The blood of a mere creature would not be sufficient to answer the demands of a broken law. It must be the blood of One who was God and Man, in the same person. It was this that gave His blood sufficient virtue to make such a remarkable purchase. He had to be equal to the One against whom we have sinned, and He must be our "kinsman Redeemer," related to those He represented. He must be God of very God, and yet bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh. He must be, at the same time, our Lord and our Brother. The price of redemption was His own blood, which price was paid into the hands of God whose justice we offended and whose law we have broken. He is the One against whom we have sinned and such is His holy character that He will not clear the guilty apart from restitution being made to His inflexible justice that requires death for sin. Abraham reminds us that God must always do that which is in accordance with His righteousness, saying in Genesis 18:25,"Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" It is impossible for Him to do otherwise. If God is to remain just and yet justify the ungodly, satisfaction must be made to His righteous demands. Be it clearly understood, therefore, that the price of redemption was paid to the Father, by which redemption from vindictive justice was actually obtained. "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us" (Hebrews 9:12). Christ did not make an effort to redeem His people; it was not a redemption that He attempted, but one which He actually "obtained." "Obtained," means acquired and secured. The Amplified Bible correctly reads,"...not by virtue of the blood of goats and calves (by which to make reconciliation between God and man), but His own blood, having found and secured a complete redemption-an everlasting release (for us)."