Redeemed and Pardoned

Submitted by RVH on Sat, 01/08/2022 - 12:05

Ephesians 1:7

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

Romans 3:24

and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Colossians 1:14

in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Hebrews 9:12

He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.




In this lesson, we are going to look at God’s greatest gift to us.

The gift of redemption and pardon.

We call this wonderful gift different names; salvation, being born again or being saved.

However, we have not just been saved, we have been redeemed and pardoned for our offences.

The archaic definition of redemption, as used in the Bible, is the action of buying one’s freedom, or freeing one from bondage. 

Our redemption was bought on the cross of Calvary, where Christ shed His blood and died as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.




He bought our freedom from slavery to sin, on the old rugged cross.


John 8:34-36    NIV

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.




In addition to being redeemed, we have been pardoned.

Pardon is the action of forgiving or being forgiven for an error or offense.

When a person that has been convicted of a crime receives a pardon, their crimes are blotted out and they have no further price to pay.

Christ met the demands of divine justice that God requires.

Remember when Barabbas was pardoned for his crimes and set free by the people of Israel? The mob let Barabbas go and demanded that Jesus be crucified.

Jesus took Barabbas’ place and paid his price.

On this same cross, Jesus took our place and paid our sin debt, bringing us redemption and a pardon.




Psalms 25:11   KJV

11 For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.


Jeremiah 33:8   KJV

8 And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.


However, we must live as obedient followers of our Lord so as to not lose our redemption and pardon.

The criminal who has been pardoned for a prior crime, cannot return to a life of crime and expect his pardon to carry forward. It doesn't.

I understand that many believe we are eternally sealed as a child of God and cannot fall away or back slide.  However, it is my belief that with our free will, we certainly can walk away from God if we choose and in doing so, we crucify Christ anew and are lost.

Nothing can separate us from God and the love of Christ, except our own willful walking away and repudiation of Christ and His sacrifice.

If the Jews could fall away, we must assume and know that we can too.


Galatians 5:4    NIV

You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.


Hebrews 6:4-6    NIV

It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen[a] away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.


In closing, whether you want to call your experience salvation, being born again, saved, redeemed or pardoned, Christ has paid the ultimate price for our sins and set us free from them. We have become a child of God.

It is a gift.

There are no more animal sacrifices, feasts or rituals that must be observed for this salvation. Only acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

At this point, our new life begins.

Redeemed and pardoned.

2 Corinthians 5:17    NIV

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!

We will look at our reconciliation with God next.