Redemption is a beautiful act found in the Bible, but not many know what are the most crucial Bible verses to grasp the beauty of this concept.
The word, concept and act of Redemption has a beautiful and deep history in the Bible, and in several Bible verses about redemption, the context and the beauty of the term redemption is uncovered.
Let’s discover those amazing Bible verses about redemption every Christian should know:
1. Genesis 15:13: The First Promise of Redemption in the Bible
13 “Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.”
The earliest mention of Redemption as a concept(not as a literal word) is in Genesis 15:13, with God’s prophecy about Israel’s slavery and the first promise of Redemption to Abram.
2. Exodus 6:6: The First Literal Mention of the Word Redemption in the Bible
6 “Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.”
However, the first literal mention of the word “redeem” in the Bible is in this amazing Bible verse.
3. Leviticus 25:47-49:
47 “‘If a foreigner residing among you becomes rich and any of your fellow Israelites become poor and sell themselves to the foreigner or to a member of the foreigner’s clan, 48 they retain the right of redemption after they have sold themselves. One of their relatives may redeem them.”
Leviticus is crucially important to grasp what the cultural context and what redemption means in the Bible; especially to understand later why Christ is called our Redeemer.
Just like in many cultures in the ancient Near East, the practice of debt-slavery was very much alive in ancient Israel. In this verse, the Pentateuch establishes in Israel the sociological institution of the “guardian-kinsman”.
The commercial sense, and the “redemption money” that relatives had to give in order to recover property or family is crucial to understanding the deeper meaning of it later.
4. Ruth 2:19-20:
19“THen Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. “The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz,” she said… She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-redeemers.”
Aside from Leviticus which establishes that close relatives or “kinsmen”, must rescue another close relative from debt-servitude; the kinsman also had another responsibility.
The kinsman had the legal duty to marry the widowed woman of his brother, or cousin.
Boaz was probably an uncle or a cousin of Ruth’s dead husband, which is why he is described as a “Goel” (Hebrew term for redeemer-kinsman), who by the levirate law (from the Latin brother-in-law) is encouraged to marry Ruth.
5. Psalm 111:19: The Covenant of Redemption
19“He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever— holy and awesome is his name.”
The covenant that is being referenced here is the one established in Genesis 15:13, and the one that is reiterated in Exodus 6:6, as God decided to act upon it.
It is beautiful that centuries later when the Psalms were written, the covenant that God made much earlier in Genesis 15:13 is stated again here, for the people of Israel to praise God for what he did in Egypt.
6. Psalm 106:9-10:
9“He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up; he led them through the depths as through a desert. 10He saved them from the hand of the foe; from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.”
Many Psalms mention the word redemption; other mention later how Israel forgot how God liberated them from foreign rule. In this particular one we can learn an important lesson.
The Psalmist states the Jews forgot that day that God liberated them from the Egyptians, and we live in a time we must never forget how our Lord Christ Jesus has redeemed us from the debt slavery of sin.
7. Isaiah 43:25:
25 “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”
In Jewish law, sins are described as something that has to be paid for.
With this verse, we can move beyond the commercial sense to the spiritual sense of redemption given to God(as there are four different meanings of redemption in the Bible).
8. Isaiah 35:9: A Prelude To The Heavenly Redemption?
9 “No lion will be there, nor any ravenous beast; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there.”
This verse is indeed beautiful. How do Jews who do not believe in Christ explain this verse? As heaven is not explained in Judaism until the arrival of Jesus, what other Earth could exist in which there aren’t lions or any animals?
Even though Judaism did not believe centuries later in the Lord, God made sure to include through the prophet Isaiah various passages about the future spiritual redemption from Christ.
9. Isaiah 52:3-4:
3 “For this is what the Lord says: “You were sold for nothing, and without money you will be redeemed.”
This verse in Isaiah is important to include because it is one of the instances in Isaiah where redemption in the sense of liberation from foreign oppression is included.
It takes place in the context of Assyrian oppression of the Hebrews; God allowed the Assyrians to conquer the Israelite people due to something that many people know, their idolatry and disobedience of God.
10. Isaiah 53:5
5 “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
11. Psalm 130:7-8:
7 “Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. 8 He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.”
However, in this Psalm we can visualize the usage spiritual meaning of redemption in the Old Testament, when David declares God will redeem his people from their transgressions.
With this we can transition into the New Testament.
12. Romans 3:23-24
23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
The apostle Paul, who wrote the book of Romans, was an educated and literate Jew who was deeply acquainted with what redemption culturally meant in ancient Israel.
When we analyze this context, all of the instances in which Paul mentions redemption become more beautiful.
13. Ephesians 1:7:
7 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us.”
Paul mentions the concept of redemption quite a few times in his letters, and in this Bible verse he teaches us how our redemption came to be: through the cross.
It’s an important theological emphasis to make, as similar to what Leviticus states, the purchasing of freedom could only come through a price.
14. Colossians 1:13-14:
13 “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Notice how Paul’s careful word choice illuminates how we must understand Redemption using the word: “rescue.”
Again, Paul beautifully acquainted with the cultural, Old Testament meaning of the word redemption, reminds us of the beauty of Christ’s act of love of purchasing our freedom from the debt-slavery and darkness of sin.
15. 1 Peter 1:18
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
16. 1 Corinthians 1:30
“It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
17. Mark 10:45:
45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
In this verse, our Lord emphasizes explicitly what purpose his human life was to take. He gave his life to redeem us, we must give our life for Him.
18. Galatians 3:13-14:
13 “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”
19. Matthew 26:27-28:
27“Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
20. Galatians 4:4-5:
4 “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.”
21. John 8:34-36: The Most Important Bible Verse About Redemption
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 this verse, Christ adds a new, peculiar unforeseen description to sin that is not completely not present in the Old Testament, and describes it as a “captivity”.
Similar to the cultural meaning of redemption in the Near East, Christ has become our kinsman(again, that Leviticus mentions close relatives did for each other) and we must praise God for it.
The act of redeeming someone indeed is a beautiful term in the Old Testament, but it can be sometimes a bit intricate to understand, but it is important to grasp the rich meaning that this word encapsulates.
The historical and cultural context of redemption in the ancient Jews illuminates what the Lord did for us.
The Scriptures have many Bible verses about redemption, but some of the most important ones are depicted here.
I hope these have helped you get a glimpse about what is redemption in the Bible, the beauty of redemption, and especially, what God beautifully did for us in Christ Jesus.