Sermon #553 Miscellaneous Sermons
My heavenly Father has given me a solemn charge to preach the gospel of his free grace in Christ. In loyal obedience to him it is my responsibility and intention to stay right here. “I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” “Yea, woe is unto me if I preach not the gospel!” I realize that the gospel which I preach, the gospel that we believe, runs in direct opposition to the religious world in which we live. The gospel of God’s free and sovereign grace in Christ is contrary to the natural religious sentiments of men. To the natural man, the cross of Christ is offensive. It is not possible to faithfully and truthfully preach the gospel without offending those who reject it and deny it. But I have made up my mind. I have crossed my bridges and burned them behind me. There is not turning back. I am committed to the message, the gospel of the grace of God. God helping me, I intend to preach the gospel as often as I have opportunity, as plainly and clearly as I am able. I know that the religious leaders of our day are opposed to the gospel of the grace of God. I know that, as surely as I preach this message, natural men, both religious professors and profane unbelievers, will become vehemently enraged by it. But those things do not deter me. They rather inspire my commitment. The gospel of God’s pure, free, sovereign grace, which I have preached for the past sixteen years, I fully intend to go on preaching, with even more emphatic boldness than ever before.
As the Lord God gives me grace, I intend to stay right here, re-establishing, rebuilding, reemphasizing those pillars of gospel truth, which are being eroded in our day. Faithfulness to my Redeemer, loyalty to your souls, and honesty with Holy Scripture demand it of me. I intend to spend my life, my time, and my energy laying again those old foundations – Ruin by the Fall, Redemption by the Blood, and Regeneration by the Holy Spirit. It is my purpose as a gospel preacher to set forth as clearly as I can – The sinfulness of man, the sovereign character of God, the substitutionary atonement of Christ, and salvation by the efficacious grace and irresistible power of God the Holy Spirit.
NOTE: In this place we do not ascribe salvation in any measure, at any point, or in anytime to man. We attribute nothing to man but sin. Salvation is by grace alone, “not of works, lest any man should boast.” Salvation is not accomplished by man’s works, but by God’s works.
Today, I want to return to the sweetest, the plainest,
the most important aspect of gospel truth revealed in
Holy Scripture. I am going to talk to you who are sinners, like me, about
redemption. Oh, what sweet music there is in that word “redemption”! We have
sold ourselves for nought. We are by nature, debtors without ability to pay,
slaves without hope of liberty, prisoners without hope of pardon, condemned
felons without hope of life. But here is a word that brings hope to our hearts,
it sounds like music in my ears – “Let
This Psalm is a prophecy of the coming of the Lord
Jesus Christ and that sure, effectual redemption which he accomplished for
I want to make this subject as plain and clear as I possibly can, so we will divide the subject into four questions. May God the Holy Spirit take my plain, simple speech and anoint it with heavenly power.
1. What is redemption?
2. What has Christ redeemed?
3. How did the Lord Jesus Christ accomplish redemption?
4. How may we say that the Lord’s redemption is plenteous?
The word redemption literally means, “to buy again.” In the New Testament, there are three Greek words, which are translated “redemption.” As they are used, in reference to our redemption by Christ they simply imply the purchase of a commodity by paying a lawful price. The commodity, which the Lord purchased, was his people; and the price, which he paid, was his own life’s blood (Matt. 20:28; 1 Pet. 1:18-20).
To redeem something implies that by some means you have lost its lawful possession. It was once yours, but you lost it. To redeem a person implies that that person has been brought into bondage, slavery, or imprisonment. It implies that, by some means or other, that person has incurred a debt he cannot pay, broken a law he cannot mend, and like a guilty prisoner has lost all rights, all freedom, and all ability to restore himself to his former state. This is what happened to us all in the fall of our father Adam (Rom. , 18-21).
A. All of our race was helplessly lost by the fall, ruined by sin.
God created man upright, without sin, without any bias or inclination toward sin. But by deliberate, willful choice man sinned against God, and the race of man was ruined, lost, and plunged into sin.
1. In the fall we lost our fellowship and peace with God.
2. We lost our righteousness.
3. We lost our innocence.
4. We lost our access to God.
5. We lost the image of God in which we were created.
6. We lost all true moral integrity.
7. We were sold into the bondage of sin.
8. We became debtors to an infinitely Holy God.
a. We owe him perfect righteousness. But we have no ability to pay.
b. We owe full satisfaction to justice. But we have no ability to satisfy.
c. The law held us in bondage, as helpless debtors.
NOTE: Redemption has to do with satisfaction of justice.
9. In a word, in the fall of Adam we lost all life toward God and all claims to life. We died spiritually and were sentenced to an eternal death.
B. The Lord Jesus Christ came into this world to redeem helplessly lost sinners.
He came to restore, to buy again, that which his people lost in Adam, and more. He came to lawfully purchase to himself, from among the fallen ruins of humanity, a people to honor his name.
C. There are many pictures of our redemption by Christ in the Old Testament Scriptures.
1. The deliverance of
· By the price of blood.
· By the power of grace.
2. The ransom of the children
The atonement money was the same for the rich and for the poor – a half shekel.
3. The ransom of a poor Israelite who had sold himself into slavery (Lev. 25:47-49). Christ, our Kinsman Redeemer.
4. The deliverance of a debtor from prison (Isa. 61:1).
What is redemption? Redemption is the lawful and just purchase and deliverance of God’s elect from the bondage of sin and the curse of the law by the blood of Christ. It is that act of atonement by which the Son of God has purchased for us a lawful peace, access to, and fellowship with God.
I want to be very plain and clear. I hold it to be an authoritative doctrine, consistent with all common sense, and plainly revealed in Holy Scripture, that whatever Christ has redeemed, Christ will have. This simple foundation truth must be well established in our hearts. Whatever Christ has redeemed, Christ must have. Otherwise, his work of redemption would be a failure, and his blood would be shed in vain.
Spurgeon said this – “I hold it to be repugnant to reason, and much more to revelation, that Christ should die to purchase what he never shall obtain; and I hold it to be little less than blasphemy to assert that the intention of our Savior’s death can ever be frustrated…I think that everyone who will weigh the matter, and truly consider it, must see it to be so, that Christ’s intention in his death must be fulfilled, and that the design of God, whatever that may be, must certainly be carried out…I believe that the efficacy of Christ’s blood holds no other limit than the purpose of God. I believe that the efficacy of Christ’s atonement is just as great as God meant it should be, and that what Christ redeemed is precisely what he meant to redeem, and exactly what the Father had decreed he should redeem. Therefore, I cannot for one moment give any credence whatever to that doctrine which tells us that all men are redeemed.”
Now, I want to tell you what I believe, according to sound doctrine and Holy Scripture, Christ as redeemed. The redemption of Christ comprehends many things. As I read the Bible, I find four things specifically mentioned as the objects of Christ’s redeeming work.
The Bible nowhere states, nor does it anywhere imply that the Lord Jesus Christ shed his blood to redeem from eternal damnation all the souls of men in this world.
I do not believe the doctrine that says, “Judas was redeemed by Christ.” It is not possible that our Lord bore the wrath of God for Judas. If you believe such a thing, you must make one of two absurd conclusions. Either Judas is in heaven today, or else the justice of God has fallen to the ground!
The Lord Jesus Christ has redeemed unto himself a people. He did not simply make redemption a possibility for all men, leaving it in the hands of man’s free-will to comply with his work and make it effectual. Our Lord Jesus Christ has actually redeemed all his elect. All those who ultimately are saved, and only those, were redeemed by the blood of Christ.
· All who are regenerated by his Spirit.
· All who are called by his grace.
· All who truly repent and believe in Christ.
· All who come to Christ.
· All who die in infancy.
· All whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
1.Christ has redeemed us from the
guilt of sin (
2.Christ has redeemed us from the
punishment of sin (
When we cease to be guilty, we cease to be the objects of punishment altogether. Take away guilt, and punishment must be removed. The law cannot condemn and punish an innocent man. None of those who are redeemed by Christ can ever be damned. They can never be punished on account of sin. Justice will not allow it.
Payment God cannot twice demand,
First at my bleeding Surety’s hand,
Then again at mine!
3. Christ has redeemed us from the dominion of sin (Rom. -14).
The reigning power of sin is broken. Sin is not eradicated from the believer, and his old nature is not made less evil by the grace of God; but the reigning dominion of sin is broken in the heart of every true believer by the grace of God.
Christ has redeemed his elect, and only his elect. No one else was redeemed, or shall ever be redeemed by the blood of Christ, except those who in actuality are saved by him. “He shall not fail.”
Soon, death shall be made to give back its prey. Jesus Christ has purchased my body as well as my soul; and what he has purchased, he shall have! Death shall not have one bone of the righteous. The grave shall not have one particle of our dust. Not even one hair of our heads shall be lost.
Think of it! Let this thought thrill your soul and fill your heart with joy. These bodies are the purchased possession of the Son of God!
· This will comfort you when you take your friends to the grave.
· This will comfort you when you go to the grave.
I have a controversy with my father, Adam. In him I suffered a mighty loss. But the second Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ, my covenant Head and Representative has bought back all that I lost and more.
· Peace with God
· Divine approval
· Fellowship with God
· The image of God
Christ has restored both the crown and the mitre to manhood. He has made us kings and priests to God.
Understand what I mean. I do not mean that the Son of God has redeemed every man in this world. Such absurd an pretention I have never made. But I do mean this –
1. Christ has purchased the right to rule this world as the mediator King (John 17:2; Isa. 53:10-12; 2 Pet. 2:1).
2. Christ has
redeemed God’s creation from the curse of sin (2 Pet. -13). (
As a result of our Savior’s redemption work this world shall be purged of all sin and restored to its prestine beauty. Not so much as a blade of grass shall be allowed to bear the curse brought upon it by sin. And when all things are created new, righteousness shall again flourish in the earth!
What has Christ redeemed? He has redeemed the souls of his elect, the bodies of his elect, that which was lost by the fall, and the creation of God.
Be sure that you understand what the Bible teaches. Redemption is not something that Christ has made possible, or even provided. Redemption is something that the Son of God has accomplished, and he has accomplished for a specific people (Heb. ).
A. He voluntarily agreed to become our Redeemer.
B. In the fullness of time the Son of God assumed our nature.
C. As our Representative he lived the full age of a man, establishing perfect righteousness for us.
D. He voluntarily poured out his life’s blood unto death as our Substitute, bearing our sin.
E. He arose from the dead and ascended into heaven as our High Priest.
When the Son of God took his seat in heaven at the right hand of the majesty on High, his work of redemption was done, his errand of mercy was completed (Heb. 10:9-14).
Now, as the Mediator King, as the Lord of heaven and earth, he sends forth his Spirit to apply that redemption which he has accomplished to the hearts of his elect, his redeemed ones, with the irresistible power of his grace (Psa. 110:3). (The Snow-Bird).
Here are four words that characterize and summarize the work of our Lord Jesus Christ in redemption. May God the Holy Spirit seal them to your heart and cause you to rejoice in his “Plenteous Redemption”.
It is surely plenteous enough if you only remember what we have already seen. But it is even more plenteous. It is true, the Word of God limits the scope of Christ’s redemption to the elect. I can find no reason for anyone to deny that. It would be of no use to me to be told that Christ died for me, if after all I still sank into the flames of hell. I fail to see how it would glorify Christ for me to stand here and tell you, that he redeemed those multitudes in hell, but he was not able to save them. What possible comfort can any sinner find in a Redeemer who has failed to save many of those whom he has redeemed? Surely, it is more honoring to Christ and gives a better hope to those sinners who have laid their souls upon the merits of his blood, for me to plainly declare the truth as it is revealed in Holy Scripture. God Almighty, in his infinite wisdom, eternal purpose, and immutable grace has an all-sufficient and effectual redemption, which guarantees the salvation of his elect, a redemption that guarantees the salvation of every poor, helpless, trembling sinner who believes on Christ, trusting him alone for redemption and salvation. For all of God’s elect, the redemption, which he has accomplished, is a “Plenteous Redemption”! It is a limited atonement. Its benefits are limited to the elect of God. But for those who are the objects of his grace, for his elect, it is a “Plenteous Redemption”.
A. It is plenteous redemption, for by it untold millions have been saved.
B. It is plenteous redemption, because it has put away the innumerable sins of his elect.
C. It is plenteous redemption, because it has fully satisfied infinite justice.
D. It is plenteous redemption, because it has secured and guaranteed all the blessings of grace and glory for all of God’s elect.
Child of God, what do you need? What does your heart desire? It was purchased by the blood of Christ for you and as surely as he is God, you shall have what he has purchased in your name.
· Eternal glory.
I send you home to mediate upon and rejoice in these two immutable facts revealed in the gospel.
1. Every sinner who believes on Christ shall be saved by him, through the merits of his redeeming blood.
2. Every sinner who was purchased by Christ shall believe on Christ.
“He shall see
of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied.” What he redeemed, he shall
have. What he purchased, he shall possess. All of those for whom the Son of God