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The Triune Redeemer Part 2
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 Redeemer: in the Old Testament
One does not have to go far into the records of the Old Testament to know the people of God were waiting for an anticipated Redeemer. In the account of the flood, God wiped out all the unrighteous and evil men from the face of the earth. However, God also provided the Ark, built by Noah, for the salvation of Noah, his family and the selected animals from the torrential rains (Gen. 6, 7).
The Redeemer, in this instance, is represented by the righteousness of Noah, who “…was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time and he walked with God. (Gen. 6: 9)” therefore all who entered into the safety of Noah’s relationship with God were saved.
The third person of the Trinity is represented by the wind, which was sent by God to dry up the land again for the continuing sustaining of the human family and beasts of the earth. Jesus identifies the Spirit in John 3: 8 when He talks to Nicodemus regarding the living wind of the Holy Spirit. Always God Himself provided the means, the wind and the redeemer for the way of redemption.
There are many occasions where God provided redemption for His people Israel, beginning with their freedom from captivity to Egypt. Once again, God provided a redeemer through the righteousness, however fragile, of a man; in this case, Gods’ servant Moses. The means God used was the faithful act of the outstretched hand of Moses. In one night the LORD sent a strong east wind, again representative of the Holy Spirit, the power of God, blowing across the Red Sea to make an amazing way of redemption for His people.
Before Moses died God spoke again through Moses a promise of another future redeemer, “…I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in His mouth, and He will tell them everything I command Him. (Deut. 18:18)” It is witnessed that God will provide the way, the redemptive person, Jesus Christ and work all things together for salvation through the power Holy Spirit (1 Pet. 3:18; Rom. 8:11).
Throughout the Scriptures, the person of the Redeemer, is believed in and looked for continually. Job, although beaten down by the devastating circumstances Satan had brought his way, has the faith to cry out, “I know that my Redeemer lives... (Job 19:25)” Later, Elihu, who is known as the silent friend of Job, encourages him. Elihu speaks of a man whose soul drew near to death, “Yet if there is an angel on his side as a mediator…to tell a man what is right for him, to be gracious to him and say, “Spare him from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom for him… (Job 33: 23-24)” a padhah , a ransom, a Redeemer! It is God the Son, the only perfect God/Man that was sent to be the ransom for our sins and iniquity (Heb. 9:15). He is the One who will spare man from going down to the pit. In fact it is the gracious God from on High, who puts Himself in the place of man for his eternal redemption. Elihu goes on to speak of the benefits that proceed from such a heavenly ransom. Repeatedly, out of the mouths of His servants, God testifies to the hope men have in the coming Redeemer who will do for them what they could not possibly to do for themselves.
King David, in his psalms, makes countless mention in his prayers of the LORD, his Rock, and his Redeemer (Ps. 19:14). There was an expectancy of knowing that one was to come that has not yet been revealed, but has been from before the creation of the world (Rev 13:8).
The LORD, through Isaiah, reveals to His people that He Himself is their Redeemer, “This is what the LORD says- your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, (Isa. 43:14; 44:24; 47:4; 48:17; 49:7; 49:26; 54:5, 8; 59:20; 60:16).” And God again identifies Himself in His Sovereignty over His people, “This is what the LORD says- Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I AM the first and the last; apart from Me there is no God. (Isa. 44:6).”
Notice must be taken of the language in this particular verse. God makes a clear disclosure that, “I AM the first and the last.” God again confirms His all-encompassing name in Isaiah 48:12 where He says, “Listen to Me, O Jacob, Israel, whom I have called; I AM He; (He who? God continues…) I AM the first and I AM the last”. A recognizable, revealing word is heard in this title of who God is. The “I AM,” is the name God made Himself known by, to the redeemer of His people Moses, at Mount Sinai (Ex. 3). The speaker is definitely the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and He follows with an incredible revelation that shows the complexity of the Triune God which can be easily overlooked.
The Scripture in Revelation 1:17-18 gives a clue to this revelatory mystery. “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. Then He placed His right hand on me and said, “Do not be afraid. I AM the first and the last. I AM the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!” The LORD Jesus Christ, the Slain Lamb of God. It is important not to miss this; the Risen Lamb of God. The Redeemer, who was, is and always will be, is forever present in the Triune God. God said in Isaiah, “I AM the first and I AM the last,” Jesus says this same thing in passage from Revelation. They truly are the Triune God, together affecting the redemption of the world.
Jeremiah speaks with confidence these words from God for the encouragement of God‘s people, “This is what the LORD Almighty says: "The people of Israel are oppressed, and the people of Judah as well. All their captors hold them fast, refusing to let them go. Yet their Redeemer is strong ; the LORD Almighty is His name. He will vigorously defend their cause so that He may bring rest to their land, but unrest to those who live in Babylon (Jer. 50:33-34).” The Redeeming LORD is seen again as the psalmist encourages, “O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption (Ps. 130:7).” The Redemption of God has always been with the Triune God in the Name and the form of the LORD Jesus Christ.