Why Did God Redeem Man?
The Bible calls the redemption of man a mystery, and that it is! However, the Word of God also says that this mystery is revealed—that is, demystified—by the Holy Spirit to the church (1 Cor. 2:6-12; Eph. 3:5). Many strong clues are given about this mystery in the Bible, especially in Ephesians:
1. God has an eternal purpose, and it's “in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 3:11).
2. This eternal purpose is the basis of the “mystery” (Eph. 3:8-11).
3. The mystery is no longer a hidden thing but is intended to be manifested (revealed) (Eph. 1:9; 3:5,9-10).
4. The mystery concerns God's “will” and “good pleasure” (Eph. 1:9), ergo, the Cross of Christ (Isa. 53:10; Col. 1:22).
5. The mystery concerns God's “wisdom” (1 Cor. 2:6-8), ergo, the Cross of Christ (1 Cor. 1:17-23).
6. The mystery was established in eternity past (Eph. 3:9,11; 1 Cor. 2:7; I Pet. 1:20; Rev. 13:8).
7. The mystery is referred to as “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:26-27).
Now, to compile an exhaustive list of facts about this mystery would take a book. Thankfully, we have one called the Holy Bible! For the sake of brevity, this article is intended to just highlight the question of why. Let's take a look at the effects of this mystery, which is Christ and Him crucified:
1. By looking at the redeemed, the principalities and powers in heavenly places will know the wisdom of God (Eph. 3:10).
2. God will use our redemption to publicly show the exceeding riches of his grace (Eph. 2:7).
3. This redemption will bring the praise of the glory of his grace before all (Eph. 1:6).
4. We, the redeemed, will be the actual praise of His glory (Eph. 1:12).
5. In Christ, He will have gathered together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth (Eph. 1:10).
6. We will be His purchased possession (Eph. 1:13-14).
7. We obtain a place in this habitation by entering into and remaining in the faith (Col. 1:21-23).
8. This faith is to be anchored in Christ and Him crucified (Rom. 3:22-25; 1 Cor. 2:5; Col. 2:12).
It is with these points that we only begin to see the big picture. Of course, we will never exhaust the riches of Christ in our knowledge, but by the Spirit, we can begin to see more and more of them (Eph. 3:8-9). God has already torn down the middle wall of partition through the Cross. He already has a people sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise until the day when His purchased possession is delivered from sin and death once and for all (Eph. 1:14).
Before the fall of man, God had a plan—an eternal purpose: To show His glory through the redemption—through the Cross. When all is said and done, God will have pulled a group of people out of a fallen race to be brought from the darkest depths of sin all the way up to the exceeding riches of His glory. We already are and will be an eternal habitation for Him, a priesthood, and a testament to His goodness, wisdom, and power. How good and glorious God is for “whosoever will” believe Him!
Truth be told, even after studying and living this, I still don't understand why He loved me and died for me. Though the Spirit reveals the mystery of redemption to my heart little by little, making it ever more real to me, and bringing forth praise and thankfulness in my heart, my natural understanding cannot comprehend it (1 Cor. 2:1-16). However, there's one thing I do know: I'm so glad to be a part of it.
By Adam Denoon
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