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Redeemed to God.

by George Wigram Neatby

"THOU wast slain." The stupendous fact from which we date every blessing we enjoy for time and for eternity.
"He took the dying traitor’s place,
And suffered in his stead;
For man—Oh miracle of grace!
For man, the Saviour bled."
He, the harmless, undefiled, the separate from sinners, hung upon Calvary’s cross in our room and stead. He Died that we might live! Endured the hiding of God’s face that we might bask in its sunshine. And this to bring us back to God.
"And hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood." Brought us into a far nearer place in redemption than we lost in creation. In the first Adam, we lost communion with God and claim upon God. In the last Adam, the Blessed Lord Jesus, we are brought into fellowship (or communion) with God (1 John i. 3), and we have in Christ, a claim upon Him as our Father!
"Oh saving Name, Oh Name of power,
The very soul of rest,
My claim upon Jehovah’s heart,
I plead Thee and am blest."
"By Thy blood." Oh how priceless is the precious blood of Christ. God give us to know something more of its infinite preciousness, and something of the value He sets upon it.
"Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission" (Genesis iii. 21; Exodus xii. 13; Hebrews ix. 22). Let us beware of "other gospels" which leave out the blood. Let us ever remember that we "were not redeemed with corruptible things such as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ" (1 Peter i. 18). And may this God-given knowledge keep us ever walking in separation from the course of this present evil world.
"Footsteps of Truth" 1901

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