Unveiling our Redemptive Rights in Christ! By Bishop David Oyedepo
Topic: Unveiling our Redemptive Rights in Christ!
Welcome to another exciting week. I hope you were blessed by last week teaching. Today, we shall focus on: Unveiling Our Redemptive Rights in Christ!
More often than not, we ask what is God’s plan and purpose for our lives as contained in His Book. It’s so simple for us to just come to understand that we don’t need an intermediary to access God’s plan. The veil was torn in twain when Jesus gave up the ghost providing free access to everyone into the things behind the veil. The Bible records: Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many (Matthew 27:50-53).So, His Word is in command of all the affairs of our lives including His plan and purpose(Isaiah 14:24). Thus, applying the Word of God to our lives is what makes us wise and put us in command of mighty works.
What, then, Has Redemption Made of Me?
1. Every Child of God Has an Enviable Destiny: As it is written: Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks, and possessions of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him(Genesis 26:12-14).So, every child of God is redeemed to live an enviable life after the order of Isaac. Also, it is written: Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise (Galatians 4:28). Furthermore, we have been given the power of choice by God; this means, we choose what to believe and what not to believe but what we believe is what we are empowered to become. For instance, Jesus went to Nazareth and He could do no mighty work because of their unbelief. For it is written: And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching (Mark 6:5-6). This shows that God cannot go beyond our faith to reach us; what we don’t believe, God is not permitted to perform (Luke 1:45; John 1:12). Thus, faith in the Word is what determines what we become.
2. Every Child of God is Redeemed to Be the Head and not the Tail: The Bible says: And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them (Deuteronomy 28:13).Also, we are redeemed as a city set on a hill (Matthew 5:14). We are redeemed as Abraham’s seeds (Genesis 17:5-6; Galatians 3:29).So, we must be one of the nations from Abraham’s loins and the least we can be is a king. So, there is no ordinary person in redemption. For it is written: And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth (Revelation 5:10). This implies that we are redeemed for the top, not for the valley. But the question is: how do we get there? Through simple walk of obedience with God as seen in Deuteronomy 28:1: And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth. The key to being the head is raw obedience to every instruction of scriptures.
3. Every Child of God is Redeemed to Be Feared and not to Live in Fear: The Bible records: There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the Lord your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you (Deuteronomy 11:25).This means, we are the Joshua generation of Jesus. He is our spiritual Moses and He has passed the baton to us. It is written: And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15; see also Matthew 28:18).Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5). And as the Father has sent Him, so has He sent us (John 20:21). In other words, we have been redeemed a lion to be feared by every beast of the field.
4. Every Child of God is Redeemed as a Fruitful Vine: As it is written: Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes (Isaiah 5:1-2; see also Psalm 123:1-3). We are listed among the choicest of vine planted on a most fruitful hill. Remember, if Jesus is the vine and we are the branches, then it is an ever-fruitful branch because the vine cannot be fruitful and the branches dry (John 15:1, 5).
In conclusion, we must understand that God’s redemptive package for every man only becomes accessible after one is born again. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now, I know I am born again! For further reading, please get my books: Understanding Vision, Understanding Divine Direction, In Pursuit of Vision and The Breakthrough Power of Vision.
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Bishop David O. Oyedepo is a Nigerian Christian author, architect, preacher, and the founder and presiding bishop of the mega church, Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel