Chapter 7


Introduction to Redemption


With this subject we are concerned with both redemption and election for election is God's great comprehensive means of bringing about God's glory in the salvation of His chosen. Redemption is not another foundation distinct from election, as is sovereignty and righteousness, but rather redemption is the chief cornerstone that has been laid by our Lord for His churches.


All true Christians will agree that the Lord Jesus Christ has a body or rather bodies, if you are local church, and those bodies are His churches. The Head and Savior of each of the local bodies is the Lord Jesus Christ, but who makes up the remainder of these bodies? Is it the whole of mankind as the universalists would have us believe or just some persons in particular? Did Christ in His death have the same respect to all or just to some? Will any of those for whom He died miss out on the benefits that His death gives, or will all of the chosen receive all the benefits that His death has appropriated to each and everyone of them? These are questions of great importance for our times of serious meditation for there are those who want us to believe that whether or not we receive these benefits is up to us, including our salvation, but if that is true, if God should withhold even one benefit from one of His chosen then He is a liar for His benefits are ours, the Word of God tells us so. Psalm 103 tells us about these benefits, we will just quote some of them here, "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies; Who satisfied thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's." So the Psalm goes on to tell us the benefits of being one of the Chosen of the Lord. Notice that it even includes among the benefits of being one of the Lord's chosen that He "redeemeth thy life from destruction;" so if the elect can lose even one of the benefits that God has appropriated for His own then they might lose their redemption and so their salvation and election could be written off as figment of many men's imagination.


These questions and ideas are the very reason for these little books, 1) The Sovereignty and Righteousness of God, 2) Election and Redemption.