Redemption is defined as an act of paying to regain something or to repossess something back. In our own understanding redemption is freeing somebody dear to one’s heart from slavery or bondage. In biblical parlance redemption is deliverance from the slavery to sin and restoration of man’s relationship with God, who was rejected by man because of sin.
The consequences of man’s rejection of his Maker is separation from him, sin and death. Romans 6:23 New International Version (NIV) states: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.” Man’s disobedience brought about corruption of the entire natural world and human nature, including suffering, pain and death. An interpretation from Wikipedia states: “Adam and Eve are expelled from the Garden lest they eat of the second tree, the tree of life, and gain immortality.” Had the first man not sinned, he could have enjoyed union with God and lived forever.
Redemption is necessary to gain back eternal life. Humanity has to go through the process of being restored from the bondage of sin and death to freedom and everlasting life. God in His loving mercy provided the means for mankind to be reunited to Him and to be saved from eternal damnation. John 3:16 New International Version (NIV) says: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. “It is the Father’s will that everyone believe in His son and have eternal life.
Through Jesus Christ, all things on earth or in heaven are reconciled and by “His physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” (Colossians 1:20-22). In Ephesians 1:7, it says that in Christ we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. Being the mediator of a new covenant, he ransomed those who are called to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant (Hebrews 9:15).
Why is redemption a part of our necessity? Salvation is necessary because we are made for God and to him we go home to at the end of our life’s journey. We are inclined to sin, and left to our self-will, we can never attain salvation. We have to be redeemed so that once and for all God can reclaim us to him. Like Christ submitting his will to the Father, we too have to surrender our own will. Redemption is absolutely necessary in order for us to be delivered from the power of sin, which is ever present in us. The Son Jesus Christ freed us from slavery to sin and by the power of the life-giving Spirit, freed us from the power of sin that leads to death (Romans 8:2). As often as we sin, he has given us the freedom through the forgiveness of sin and eternal life.