I’ve Been Redeemed

“I’ve been redeemed!” are great words to begin a day.
“I’ve been redeemed!” are words to express joy.
“I’ve been redeemed!” are words to attack fear and discouragement.
“I’ve been redeemed!” is miraculous truth.
“I’ve been redeemed!” is a powerful witness.

Give the song a listen then come back and we’ll talk about “redeemed”.

Bought with a price

“I’ve been redeemed” means “I’ve been bought with a price.” But what was bought?

In the beginning, God’s first man, Adam, was a three-part being of body, soul and spirit. Adam’s physical body could move and think because of soul life. The spirit God created in Adam enabled Adam to communicate directly with God.

Adam’s life would continue as long as he obeyed God. God warned Adam that the day he disobeyed, he would surely die.

One day, Adam disobeyed God. Did Adam die? Yes, he did. Was it the very day he disobeyed? At first, we might think not, because we read Adam lived on and died when he was 930 years old.

But there is a remarkable truth to understand here.

There were two parts to Adam’s death.
The first part happened on the day of his disobedience;
the second was in his 930th year.

A new kind of death

We are acquainted with the kind of death Adam had at age 930. (Well, except for the large number of years.) We see people get old or sick or hurt — and die.

But on the day Adam disobeyed, we see a different kind of death. Adam started that day as a three-part being of body, soul and spirit. When he disobeyed, he lost spirit, the part that made his connection with God work. He became a two-part man of body and soul only.

Adam could still laugh, cry, run and stand still. He and his wife would still be able to have children. But now the children would enter this world with a part missing. They would only have body and soul. There would be no spirit to connect the child with God. That spirit was lost when Adam sinned.

A very real part of Adam died the day he disobeyed God. On that day Adam lost his connection with God. Also on that day, Adam became mortal (“bound to death”). Disconnected from God and doomed to die is the condition every other human would be born into, the inheritance from Adam.

Adam lived for many years without God’s spirit in him. Then, at the age of 930 years, his mortality caught up with him, Adam’s soul life departed his failed body, and Adam was no more.

A new kind of life

Fast forward to the times of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Acts. In exchange for the huge payment he completed on the cross, Jesus Christ bought back spirit life for mankind. He made freedom from death possible.

A few weeks after Jesus was crucified, died, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven, the yearly feast of Pentecost was celebrated as it had been for hundreds of years.

But THIS Pentecost would be different. At THIS Pentecost, the spirit life Jesus bought was, for the very first time, made available to people. Salvation — everlasting life, the new birth — was given for the first time on THAT Pentecost. (Read the record in Acts 2.)

The same new life spirit is still available to people today.

Is this new spirit life from Jesus as good as the one Adam lost?

Nope. It is better.

Adam could (and DID) lose his spirit. In the years between Adam and Jesus Christ, the Bible says others had spirit, but only “upon” them and with conditions. For example, King Saul had spirit “upon” him, but he disobeyed God, and the spirit was taken away from him. The next king, David, sinned, and prayed “Lord, take not Thy holy spirit from me”. David knew the spirit could be taken away.

If the spirit Saul, David and others had was “enough”, Jesus Christ would not have needed to go to the cross. But the spirit life Jesus bought for us is different. Better.

The Bible calls it incorruptible seed, everlasting life, the new birth. Everyone is born into this world without it, we are saved the instant we get it, and forever a child of God once we have it. His gift of holy spirit dwelling in us is called “the earnest [token] of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession”. It remains in us as we eagerly look forward to the day Jesus Christ returns, we are gathered together and we receive new bodies. (Read the record in I Thessalonians 4.)

What an excellent salvation Jesus Christ purchased for mankind!

“I’ve been REDEEMED!” We cannot exhaust the joy carried in these words! Sing it ♫♪!

God bless you lots!
Dale R. 😊


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LYRICS: I’ve Been Redeemed

I’ve been redeemed,
           (I’ve been redeemed)
By the blood of the Lamb,
           (By the blood of the Lamb)
I’ve been redeemed,
           (I’ve been redeemed)
By the blood of the [clap],
By the blood of the Lamb;
I’ve been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb,
I’ve been set free by the Son of Man;
All my sins are washed away,
I’ve been redeemed (I’ve been redeemed)

Well, the Father and I
            (Well, the Father and I)
We are so close
            (We are so close)
Well, the Father and I
            (Well, the Father and I)
We are so [clap],
We are so close
Well, the Father and I we are so close
He filled me with the holy ghost
All my sins are washed away,
I’ve been redeemed (I’ve been redeemed)

Well, the devil is mad
            (Well, the devil is mad)
And I’m so glad
            (And I’m so glad)
Well, the devil is mad
            (Well, the devil is mad)
And I’m so [clap],
I’m so glad
Well, the devil is mad and I’m so glad
He lost a soul he thought he had
All my sins are washed away,
I’ve been redeemed (I’ve been redeemed)

Well, the devil and I
            (Well, the devil and I)
We do agree
            (We do agree)
Well, the devil and I
            (Well, the devil and I)
We do a- [clap],
We do agree
Well, the devil and I we do agree
That I hate him and he hates me
All my sins are washed away
I’ve been redeemed (I’ve been redeemed)

I’ve been redeemed,
           (I’ve been redeemed)
By the blood of the Lamb,
           (By the blood of the Lamb)
I’ve been redeemed,
           (I’ve been redeemed)
By the blood of the [clap],
By the blood of the Lamb;
I’ve been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb,
I’ve been set free by the Son of Man;
All my sins are washed away,
I’ve been redeemed (I’ve been redeemed)

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4 Replies to “I’ve Been Redeemed”

  1. Dina

    Well said! This is such an important truth that so many do not understand. Thanks for the song and the important reminder.

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    1. Dale Reichel Post author

      Dina, thanks for your note. An important truth indeed! What a privilege we have been given to share it! God bless you lots! – Dale R. 🌻🎵🙂🙏

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