~ Basically for my purposes, what I am working towards… I am trying to say that redemption is very active today.
In one sense God has finished and applied redemption. If you have accepted Jesus Christ at your Lord and Savior, then you have been redeemed. You have been purchased by His death on the cross and have passed from darkness to light.
Yet in another sense – redemption is very active in our lives… All the crap from your pre-Christ past, all the baggage, all the sins, all the mistakes, goof-ups, the foolish business ventures, the struggles with the bottle as an alcoholic, the bad grades in your classes at the U, the car accident where you broke your hip and now walk with a slight limp…
All the crap, the junk, the goop, the garbage from your past will be divinely recycled. God will make it go towards a good end. This was Joseph’s conclusion:
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” ~ Gen. 50:20
~ And not only the past, but so also today. All the bad things going on today – nothing will go to waste. God is not 99% efficient. He is 100% efficient. God will bring about good from exhaustively everything someway, somehow:
“And we know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28
It will all be redeemed. All the junk in your life. And it will be redeemed because the payment has already been made on the cross.