Sermon #1465 Miscellaneous Sermons
Psalm 130 – “A Song of Degrees” – This is called “a psalm of degrees” because like the other Psalms of this title David moves from one degree to another in the experience of grace. Here he begins the psalm crying out to God from the depths of desperate need and rises to the height of confident assurance. How I pray that some of you may experience the same this hour by the grace of God!
1. Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD. – Out of the depths of…
· Sin and Guilt
· Condemnation and Fear
· Contrition and Repentance
· Trial and Heartache
2. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. – Then all is well. I want no more. I need no more.
3. If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? – If in the books of God there is a mark, a single mark of iniquity against me, I must perish forever, under the wrath of God almighty. O sinner, did you hear that? Tremble for your soul! If God marks sin against you, you must forever die.
4. But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. – Oh, what a blessed word of grace! There is forgiveness with God. God Almighty forgives sin and in forgiving sin teaches sinners forgiven to fear and worship him.
5. I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. – Wait for God himself to speak forgiveness to your soul. No one else can. Hope in his Word, for there is no hope anywhere to be found but in his Word.
6. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. – This waiting for God and his salvation is not a passive, inactive, fatalistic thing, but the anxious, needy soul seeking the Lord with all his heart. He promises, “Then shall you find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
8. And he shall redeem
“Plenteous Redemption” – That will be our subject. We are going 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
Did you catch those two words? “Plenteous redemption!” My heart begins to dance when I think of it – “With him is plenteous redemption.” That is my subject– “Plenteous Redemption.” It is indescribably too big for me; but I’ll give another run at it.
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 here translated “redemption” means “deliverance by ransom.” As it is commonly used both in Holy Scripture and in our everyday language, the word “redemption” means, “to buy again.”
There are three different Greek words, which are translated “redemption” in the New Testament. 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 one means or another, 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 the sin of that one man.
God created man upright, without sin, without any bias or inclination toward sin. But by deliberate, willful choice Adam sinned against God, and all the human race 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.
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 be his own peculiar treasure, for the honor of his own great and glorious 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.” – The price of atonement was the same for all and was easily available to all.
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.
Let me be crystal clear here. -- I hold it to be a vital, plainly revealed doctrine of Holy Scripture, and consistent with all common sense, 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 Christ has redeemed. This is the doctrine of Holy Scripture. 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.
[John 10:11] "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep."
[John 10:15-16] "As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."
[John 10:26] "But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you."
[Galatians 3:13] "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:"
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 are ultimately 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.
[Exodus 23:7] "Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked."
[Proverbs 17:15] "He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD." – 1 Peter 3:18
[Isaiah 5:23] "Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!"
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).
He breaks the power of cancelled sin.
He sits the prisoner free!
His blood can male the foulest clean.
His blood avails for me!
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 power and 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.”
[Ephesians 1:13-14] "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed (having believed), ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory."
[Job 19:25-27] "For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:  And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:  Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me."
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.
Illustration: -- Steve Seifert
[Psalms 69:4] "They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away."
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 bought back all that I lost and more.
· Peace with God
· Divine approval
· Fellowship with God
· The image of God
· Life! – Eternal Life!
Christ has restored both the crown and the miter 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 an absurd pretense I have never made. But I do mean this –
1. Christ has purchased the right to rule this world as the mediator King for the salvation of his elect (John 17:2; Isa. 53:10-12; 2 Pet. 2:1).
[Matthew 13:44] "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field."
[Isaiah 53:10-12] "Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.  Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors."
[John 17:2] "As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him."
[Romans 14:9] "For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living."
[2 Peter 2:1] "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction."
2. Christ has redeemed God’s creation from the curse of sin (2 Pet. -13; Rom. -23).
[Romans 8:18-23] "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body."
[2 Peter 3:11-13] "Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."
As a result of our Savior’s redemption work this world shall be purged of all sin and restored to its pristine 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! The slime of the serpent’s trail shall not be found in God’s creation.
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).
[Hebrews 10:5-14] "Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified."
Now, as our Mediator-King, as the Lord of heaven and earth, the Lord Jesus Christ sends forth his Spirit to apply that redemption which he has accomplished to the hearts of God’s elect, his redeemed ones, with the irresistible power of his grace (Psa. 110:3).
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. Yet, our Lord’s redemption 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
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