This week concluded our study of Isaiah and wow, what a semester it has been! As you know, I enjoy sharing my teaching notes here on the blog so here on the notes from the final lesson, Lesson 12 : The Redeemer.
The redemptive power of Christ is seen through His love that draws us close to Him. As a believer, you have salvation and redemption through believing and accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior. The amazing thing is that our Redeemer every day continues to redeem our sins, heal our hurts, and help us in our struggles as we turn to Him. God dwells in a humble and contrite heart (Isaiah 66:2) and makes all things new as we submit to Him. We are all in need of daily restoration.
What does having Jesus as our Redeemer mean for us? Here are some key points —
- WE are the dwelling place for God- the temple where He now dwells.
- He is our Savior and Redeemer
- God’s restoring His Kingdom in us
- When perfect fellowship was broken, restoration began
So what is the difference between redeeming and restoring? Redemption is instant; restoration is a life long process :
- To redeem is to buy back or repurchase; to liberate by payment
- Redemption is the act of redeeming
- Restoration is the process of bringing an object back to its original state; the process of restoring something
I want to conclude our study with some food for thought on responding to Isaiah’s challenge:
- What does God promise to do for us?
- How should we respond?
- How does our response effect our restoration?
I have loved hearing how this study has impacted the lives of those who have followed along. If you have followed along, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!