To understand what God has done on humanity’s behalf, why it is needed, how it is accomplished, and what motivated it is a massive undertaking. It encompasses nothing less than the entirety of the Bible. Not only that, but it far surpasses the human capacity to comprehend and appreciate. That’s exactly what Paul alludes to when he challenges us “to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Eph. 3:18-19.
Still, as we begin the third week of 2018, we do so in consideration of man’s salvation. Our first foray into this theme will be in contemplation of redemption, one of Scripture’s many depictions of God’s grand act on man’s behalf. Paul reminds us of the many-faceted nature of God’s work when he writes, “He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30).
Redemption is itself no simplistic, single-dimensioned reality and not only should but must be considered from several perspectives. The Bible not only expresses the reality of God’s redemption of mankind but illustrates the principle through many well-known persons and events.