When I wrote my novel, Deo Volente: God Willing, I did a lot of research on slavery in the Roman Empire. Slaves at that time were mostly people captured from all the lands the Romans conquered. What’s different from first century slavery than slavery in early American history and the human trafficking slave trade that goes on now, is that a slave could be freed if one paid a sum of money for the person. That’s called redemption. They were redeemed for usually 500 denarii. A denarius was a day’s wages. So, someone had to work 500 days to redeem a slave.
What Jesus Did for You and Me
Paul explains it very nicely in the Book of Romans…
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.
27 Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law (or any law or rule). It is based on faith. 28 So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.Romans 3:23-28 NLT
Paul later wrote…
6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.Romans 6:6 NLT
Scripture teaches that we are all born into bondage, the slavery of sin. But here’s the terrible difference–the Roman slaves could accumulate money and buy their way out. We can’t. Money won’t pay for our sins, and neither will our good intentions, religious observances, sacrificial acts, self-justification, excuses, blaming, or earnest efforts. Our only hope is that God himself would find a way to make the ransom payment.
So great was the Father’s love for his lost children that he did find a way. He blamed, punished, and executed his own Son in our place, and in this way the payment was made in full.“Grow Your Vocabulary” Devotions from Time of Grace
Paul tells us in Ephesians…
4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.Ephesians 1:4-7 NLT
Let’s Recap What Redemption Means
- Every single person is born a sinner — you included.
- Sin keeps you far apart from God.
- All sinners go to hell.
- There is no such place or state as purgatory.
- God loves you and wants you to be One with Him.
- God, through Jesus, paid your ransom as a gift of His Amazing Grace.
- When you acknowledge this fact — that is, BELIEVE that it is so, you are saved.
The 5 Solas…
The 5 Solas
- Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority.
- Sola Fide (“Faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
- Sola Gratia (“Grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.
- Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Savior, Redeemer, Lord, and King
- Soli Deo Gloria (“to God alone be the Glory.”): It’s all about God, not us.
You Have a Choice!
Heaven or Hell? If you have not accepted Jesus as your personal savior, and repented of your sins, no baby baptism, confessing to a priest, going to mass, doing good works, or praying to Mary and dead saints will get you into heaven. You, by yourself, are not good enough — and never will be.
If you’re not sure if you’re saved or not, if you truly want to be born again and have the assurance of salvation, receive the Holy Spirit, feel His Shalom — a peace that surpasses all understanding, and get a 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven after you die, or that you won’t be left behind at the Rapture, which can happen at any moment, this is what you have to do…