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Redemption of Believers


The redemption of believers has distinct phases in history:

1. Initial redemption was through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. “But he was pierced for our sins, crushed for our iniquity. He bore the punishment that makes us whole, by his wounds we were healed” (Isa 53:5).

2. The second and temporal redemption of Christians was with the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. Until then, the Jews were persecuting the followers of Jesus. With the fall of Jerusalem at the hands of the Romans, the religious domain of the Jews ended, and Christians were free from their torture.

3. Though Christians escaped oppression from the Jews in 70 AD, the Romans continued persecuting Christians. That ended with the conversion of Constantine in 312 AD. The emperor and his successors promoted Christianity in the Roman empire.

4. The completion of redemption will happen at the second coming of Christ. John’s vision was: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them [as their God]. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, [for] the old order has passed away’” (Rev 21:1-4).

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