by Eddie Snipes

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The End of Wrath (5 of 10)
Series: Revelation of Grace
Eddie Snipes

Let's take a moment to review the difference between forgiveness and redemption. Forgiveness is to pardon someone from the penalty of breaking the law, but redemption is the payment of someone's debt.

For example, if a poor man steals to get money for his needs or wants, if he's caught, there are two areas of consequences. For breaking the law, there is a penalty. He could get jail time and have to serve as a prisoner for years. The second consequence is restitution. Going to jail does not eliminate the debt he owes to the one he robbed. Once out of jail, he still owes restitution, even if his time was served.

On the cross, Jesus accomplished both. The wages of sin and the debt to sin were both paid through Christ. The wages of sin is punishment and death. We are owed the wages of sin, but Jesus took the stripes for our iniquities and was bruised for our transgressions. He then died in our place. Not only that, but the Bible calls Jesus our Redeemer. He took our debt out of the way and set us free. He took our wages of sin, and paid our debt to the law. Both the punishment owed to us was laid upon Christ, and the debt we owed to the law was paid by Christ, thus leaving us free indeed.

Understanding this will help us to get a clearer picture of the gospel, and will help us to accurately interpret the scriptures. People often confuse forgiveness and redemption, and assume that when we sin, we are again indebted to the law. This is not possible, as we shall clearly see in the Bible.

The Bible says that the way of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. Scripture also teaches that the natural mind cannot receive or understand the ways of God, for they are spiritually discerned. In this we can gather two important truths. Those who are unredeemed and not born into the Spirit cannot grasp the truths of God. There is no way to explain doctrine to the lost soul - other than t ...

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