One of the best-selling books of modern times was called the Purpose-Driven Life. Author Rick Warren hit a collective nerve in society because so many people feel aimless at times, and struggle for a clear purpose to point our lives at.
The amazing truth is that we are bought and owned by God. He tells us that the purpose that should drive us to focus upon how we use our river of time, that rushes past us at 60 minutes-per-hour.
Life of Revelation 5:9 is:
1. Redemption will be the theme of our songs in Heaven.
2. Redemption will be the focus of our worship around the Throne.
3. Redemption should be the purpose that directs our lives on Earth.
To help us calibrate our lives, the Lord shows us this scene we have been watching in Revelation 5. Please stand as we read and hear God speak through His Word:
Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
Last week we began to unpack the three layers of meaning that God has built into this one word in English: redemption. We have seen so far that God explains:
To display the wonders of our redemption, God has chosen to use three different Greek words in the New Testament, that are translated “redeem”. Each of these three words tell one facet of the story of the Cross, which is forever the theme of our songs in Heaven. Each word that God chose to express the work of Christ on the Cross speaks of His power to redeem us.
Scattered across every single city in the Roman Empire was a place called by the word Agora. It was the city-square, marketplace, or forum. Though the size differed from place to place: the function remained. Things were bought and sold at the agora, and most notably: people were bought and sold at the agora. In time the word for buying a slave became synonymous with the place and thus was called agorazo.
Word # 1: Bought “at”
The Slave Market
That is the most common term for redemption; and the first word that is used in the New Testament to describe redemption. This word agorazō (ἀγοραζω), which means: “to buy a slave in the market place” , has a depth of meaning that flows from the key New Testament passages where redemption is explained:
• Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
• 1 Corinthians 6:20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Redemption Means we have a:
Purpose # 1: Bought to Be
Slaves That Glorify God