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Redemption

 

By: David Deschesne

Editor/Publisher, Fort Fairfield Journal, March 28, 2007, p. 9

Back when the United States used Constitutionally-mandated gold and silver coin as money (today, we use unconstitutional Federal Reserve Note debt paper), those precious metals were highly valuable and served quite well as money.

However, large amounts were cumbersome to carry around so people placed their coins on deposit at a local bank and were issued receipts for the deposit known as silver certificates (or gold certificates, whichever the case may have been).

The paper certificate traded just like it was a silver coin because the person who received it knew he or she could take it to the bank and retrieve the precious metal at any time. As trust grew in the banking system, silver and gold stayed on deposit for the most part and the paper certificates, redeemable in silver or gold, remained. (Today, no gold or silver backs our money, but that is another teaching for another day.)

Since man fell short of Heaven’s glory in the Garden of Eden, a price had to be paid in blood. When Cain and Abel brought their respective sacrifices to the Lord, Cain’s was rejected because it was the work of man (fruit of the ground, harvested from the field) while Abel’s was accepted because it was a firstling from the flock and had the lifeblood still in it.1

Blood is used throughout the Old Testament as propitiation for a people who have fallen short of the Glory of God. Abraham showed his willingness to sacrifice his own son as a sign of his Faith in his Heavenly Father,2 the Israelites enslaved in Egypt used blood on their doorposts to protect them from the death angel3 and the slain ram’s blood was offered up to the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement.4

In all of these cases (except Isaac, who was spared at the last minute by an angel of the Lord) the blood was used either to show a sign of faith or the pay for the price of sin. But the blood of an animal is not worth enough to pay for all the sins of mankind, so God treated that blood as a kind of “blood certificate” like the silver certificates in our previous example. Prior to Christ’s death on the cross and the subsequent offering of His blood in Heaven, all blood sacrifices from animals were simply treated as script, or “blood certificates”

When Christ showed up in the Holy of Holies before the Great Throne of God, He opened the bank of Heaven by presenting blood that was worth enough to redeem all those past certificates, and any future payments as well.

Since Christ’s blood was enough to pay for the sins of the entire world, we are no longer required to offer a propitiation in animal sacrifice for our sins. Christ’s blood was sufficient for our debt to be considered “Paid in Full.”

Today, we are offered an easier way to salvation than the old way of the Law (Torah) that new way is through the faith of Jesus. By modeling our Faith in the Heavenly Father after the faith Jesus exhibited throughout His life, all the way to the cross and His subsequent resurrection, we too can gain the same access to Heaven as He has simply by accepting the fact that we have sinned, but He paid our fine with His blood.

Since the price has been paid, when we accept Christ into our hearts by faith, we paradoxically are brought into Him. When the Lord God looks at those who have accepted Christ on Judgment Day, all He’ll see is Jesus - not their sins and shortcomings; thus is the message of redemption and salvation.

 

Notes

1. Genesis 4:3-4; Jasher 1:15-18

2. Genesis 22:1-12; Jasher 23:1-60

3. Exodus 12

4. Exodus 16