A Profound Truth about God as the Redeemer

July 20, 2015

The word redeemer occurs 19x in Scripture. Incredibly, the NT never calls God the Redeemer even once!

Of its 19 occurrences in the OT, 15 are in statements that explicitly speak of God as the Redeemer of national Israel: Psalm 78:35; Isaiah 41:14; 43:14; 44:6, 24; 47:4; 48:17; 49:7, 26; 54:5, 8; 59:20; 60:16; 63:16; Jeremiah 50:34. Furthermore, as the preceding listing shows, 13 of those 15 occurrences are in Isaiah 40-66.

What’s more, the glorious ending of the book of Isaiah has at least 13 other explicit statements about God’s redemption of national Israel: Isaiah 43:1, 3, 4; 44:22, 23; 48:20; 51:10, 11; 52:3, 8, 9; 62:12; 63:4. A careful examination of these 26 explicit references about redemption in Isaiah 40-66 (and many other passages in both Testaments, including Jeremiah 31:35-40; 33:14-26; Ezekiel 20, 36; Zechariah 14; and Romans 9-11) shows beyond any doubt that God is yet going to redeem national Israel for His own eternal glory!

As Christians, therefore, we need to understand that God as the Redeemer in Scripture preeminently concerns God’s future redemption of national Israel!

 

Rajesh

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