Rescued. Redeemed. Reconciled. That is who we are as believers.
We were rescued. That word means to draw to ones self. To deliver. God delivered us from the chains of darkness – from fear, from hopelessness, from sin, from disobedience – unto Himself – into the Kingdom Of Jesus.
We are no longer slaves to sin but to righteousness. Sin is no longer our master.
If we find ourselves partnering with that which we have been rescued from, we only need to look up. We remind ourselves we have been set free. These chains can no longer bound me. I am free. Jesus’ rescue was complete.
We were redeemed. We were purchased with the blood of Jesus. Our debt was paid. Our sins – past, present, future – were covered under the blood of Christ and we are forgiven.
Guilt, shame, condemnation have no place in our hearts and in our lives. We are forgiven for every vile act we may have ever committed. It was all covered under the blood. No one and nothing is beyond Jesus’ redemption. Jesus’ redemption was complete.
We were reconciled. We were brought back to our former state of harmony. When Adam and Eve were created, before the fall, they stood before God naked and unashamed. They were faultless, holy, and blameless. Because of the reconciling work of the cross, we now get to stand before God naked and unashamed. He sees us through the blood of Jesus – faultless, holy, and blameless. Jesus’ reconciliation was complete.
So now, free from guilt, shame, and condemnation (because we have been redeemed), we boldly go into the throne of Grace. We boldly take authority over all the works of the enemy (because we have been rescued from darkness and placed in the Kingdom of God). We unashamedly (because we have been reconciled) walk in our gifts and callings – proclaiming the gospel, healing the sick, feeding the poor.
We have been rescued, redeemed, reconciled. So we stand free, forgiven, favored.
“He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. In him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds expressed in your evil actions. But now he has reconciled you by his physical body through his death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before him”
Colossians 1:13-14, 21-22 CSB