The Triune Redeemer
A Note of Explanation
Just a note to clarify my decisions here on this hub. I have discovered that a hub of this length is very cumbersom to read. Therfore i am breaking it up into three parts. Introduction, the meaning of redeemer and the redeemer in the beginning in part 1. The Redeemer in the Old Testament in part 2, and the Redeemer in the New testament and the conclusion in Part 3. I hope this will make for more lesiurely reading. blessings to you all, Ulrike Grace
The Father, The Son and The HolySpirit
There are many names attributed to our God, some being, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty One, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, LORD Almighty, Holy One, Rock, Most High, and Savior (Isa. 9:6; Isa. 44:6; Isa. 47:4; Isa. 48:17; Isa. 49: 26; Isa. 54:5; Isa. 60:16; Ps. 78:35; Ps. 19:14). Yet the name of Redeemer is a main and integral attribute of God. One that runs its course through all of history as Scripture records the influence and effectiveness of the Redeemer God. The name Redeemer is often attributed to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, which is right and good. However, the awareness of the Redeemer, originating in and through the Triune God, is frequently missed. From the beginning God knew the Redeemer in Himself whom He sent to earth to accomplish the fulfilling act of redemption.
The Redeemer of the World
Meaning of Redeemer
To comprehend this concept more fully an understanding of redeemer is required. Redeemer is more than a noun, more than a name of an object, place, or thing; redeemer is more than an adjective used for the description of an object. Redeemer is a transitive verb: a verb whose action, performed by a subject terminates upon a direct object. Therefore, a conclusion can be made, that the one who is known as the Redeemer, also has the characteristics of a redeemer and performs the activity of a redeemer. So,
A redeemer is one who mediates:
-to redeem or ransom, redeem to purchase back; to ransom; to liberate from captivity or bondage, to suffer, by paying an equivalent; as to redeem prisoners
-to free by making atonement
-to pay the penalty of
In theology, it is to deliver from the bondage of sin and the penalties of God's violated law, by obedience and suffering in the place of the sinner, or by doing and suffering that which is accepted in lieu of the sinner's obedience.” (Funk & Wagnall’s, New Practical Standard Dictionary , J. G. Ferguson & Associates, Chicago, IL., (c1952) Pg 1097)
This is also seen in the meanings of the Hebrew text: redeemer is: פּרה, padhah , a primary root; “to sever“, i.e. ransom; to release, preserve. In addition, the action word of redemption is: גּאל, gaal , “to tear loose,” “to rescue,” “purchase.” In the Greek the words are defined as redeem αγοράζω, agorázo , referring to “purchase,” and redemption: λύτρον, lútron , “ransom.”
It is important to take notice of what it is the Triune God has promised He would do. He will ransom, release, preserve, tear loose, rescue and purchase. All by the purity, holiness and completeness of His own being, which is contained in the substance of the Triune God.
The Garden of Eden
The Redeemer: in the Beginning
In Genesis God had already given a hint of the Redeemer Savior. After Adam and Eve had fallen prey to the temptations of Satan and rebelled. God spoke to them the promise of a redeemer. Addressing the serpent, God spoke a message for all time. Promising He would put enmity between the offspring of Eve and the offspring of Satan. God foretold the Victory that ultimately would be fulfilled at the cross. Interestingly God changes to a singular pronoun at this point, “…He will crush your head and you will strike His heel (Gen. 3:15).” There will be many offspring from Eve but only One that will crush the head of Satan.
It must be noted that God not only spoke of a redeemer, but God Himself acted in the role of the redeemer. God put actions to His promises in that He temporarily redeemed Adam and Eve by supplying the skins of sacrificed animals for the covering of their shame. God not only convicts, as seen in the acute awareness Adam and Eve had of their shame and nakedness; they knew they had done wrong by their Creator through the convicting power of God, the Spirit. However, God also provided the way of cover and redemption. Such is the manner of the Triune God. Already in the garden the roles of all three members were evident in the role of redemption. The provision of the way and means provided by God the Father, the conviction of the soul by God the Holy Spirit and the sacrifice and covering of the slain Lamb by the Son of God.