Redemption speaks to two things primarily: first, deliverance from Satan’s right to lord it over you; and second, deliverance from Satan’s control over you, such that instead of Satan’s control, we now have control over the devil. The devil used to have control over us when we were in the world, sold out to sin. The Bible tells us that we were enslaved to sin and enslaved to this world, but God sent His Son Jesus Christ in the likeness of sinful flesh, and He condemned sin in the flesh, that we might be set free. Jesus Christ took our place as our Substitute and died in our stead. When Jesus was condemned for us because of our sins laid upon Him, we were made righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21). Now we are standing in His place and in that place, we have dominion in His Name over Satan and all his works, over all the demons put together, over principalities, dominion and might and every name that is named, not only in this world but also in that which is to come. So, we can exercise that authority now in Christ Jesus; this authority which we have in Christ over Satan is ‘plug and use.’
How was redemption effected for us in Christ’s substitutionary work for man? Our opening Scripture shows that Jesus came as the Lamb of God. The Lamb of God means the One that God chose as His Substitute for man. In other words, He did not come for Himself, He came to take our place. The prophet Isaiah prophesied descriptively the work of redemption in Isaiah 53:4 that, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” Jesus didn’t have any grief of His own to carry or bear; it was our griefs that He bore, it was our sorrows that He carried. He was our Substitute, and He took our place. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Evidently, this man was not living for Himself, He wasn’t doing this for Himself, He was doing it for us, for our transgressions. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” When Jesus died on the Cross, when He was punished and nailed to the Cross, He didn’t do all of that for Himself. Jesus Christ was our Substitute, the Lamb of God, chosen by God for us. Everything that He did, He did for us, that all that He won for us, the victories, and all the trophies, the blessings might accrue to our account. Now we are more than victorious, more than conquerors, because of His finished works. Hallelujah!
MY SOLID FRONT (YOUR CONFESSION):
In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I declare that Jesus Christ took my place that I might take His place; therefore, I walk in victory every day for Jesus’ victory is mine! Amen!
John 1:36; Isaiah 53:1-5.