Bishop Andy Lewter
  September 1, 2017

Guest Blog: Abundant Redemption



O Israel, hope in the Lord; For with the Lord there is mercy, And with

Him is abundant redemption. – Psalm 130: 7


We have all experienced accidents which have left a prized possession beyond repair. Perhaps, it was a twisted car which the body shop could not restore. Maybe, it was a fried hard drive which could not be revived. Or, it might have been a charred antique that could not be redone. These and more have been the case with material possessions.


But, what about people? Is there such a thing as a person beyond repair? Not as long as there is such a thing as God’s abundant redemption. There is hope for Israel and hope for us because even the most despicable and the most deplorable can be restored and redeemed by God’s abundant redemption.


1. His redemption is so abundant that it pays for all of our sins.


11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. (Titus 2: 11-14) 

2. His redemption is so abundant that it reaches us no matter how far away we may have gone.

Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon

(Isaiah 55: 7)

3. His redemption is so abundant that it is once and for all.

12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9: 12-14)

4. His redemption is so abundant that after all these years, it is yet available.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1: 9)

Who wouldn’t serve a God like this?