Inspiring Bible Verses About Redemption Through Jesus

“Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it! Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb!” These beautiful words were penned by Fanny Crosby over 100 years ago, and the hymn remains a classic today. But what is “redemption” and why do we need it? These Bible verses about redemption will open your eyes to the wonderful redeeming love of Jesus, and the amazing gift He gave us through His death on the cross.

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The concept of redemption can be explained this way. Let’s say you need some money, so you take a trip to a pawn shop. Of course, they won’t just give you money, you need to put up some collateral.

The pawn shop takes the collateral, and loans you the money you need. While they are holding your collateral, it still belongs to you, but it’s not in your possession. You are separated from your property until you are able to go back with enough money to redeem it.

Spiritual redemption works the same way. God created us, and we belong to Him. But our sin has separated us from God. We have no way to make it back, and we cannot pay the price for our own redemption.

You and I need a Redeemer.


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What is redemption through Jesus and why is it needed?

When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, all of mankind was plunged into sin. Satan deceived Eve into believing that God had lied to her. He told her that if she ate the forbidden fruit, she would be wise like God.

Instead, Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened, and they became sinful. Their punishment was to be banished from the Garden of Eden and from God’s presence forever. Because of their sin, they were no longer holy or perfect, and never could be again.

Every one of us was born under this curse–separated from God with no way to get to Him.

That’s where the good news of the Gospel comes in. Even as God cast the first man and woman from the garden, He had a plan to one day redeem all of mankind.

In Genesis 3:15, God says to the serpent, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

The seed of Adam, the Son of God, would one day bruise the head of Satan, and redeem us to God forever.

Examples of Redemption in the Old Testament

Sometimes the Old Testament seems a bit confusing, or even outdated. It can be hard to understand all those laws, genealogies, and judgments. But the New Testament tells us that God gave us those Old Testament books as an example to follow. (1 Corinthians 10:11)

And even those hard-to-read chapters are full of beautiful pictures of God’s work of redemption.

Abraham and Isaac

One of the earliest examples of redemption in God’s Word is the story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22. God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, on an altar. Abraham had complete faith in God and traveled to the mountain to make the sacrifice.

Isaac asked his father, “Where is the lamb for the sacrifice?”

Abraham replied, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering:”

And as Abraham prepared to kill his son, an angel spoke to him and brought his attention to a ram who was caught in a thicket nearby. Abraham rejoiced as he offered the ram in the place of his son.

The Passover Lamb

In the book of Exodus, we read the story of how God delivered Israelites from bondage in Egypt. After facing nine plagues, Pharaoh was unwilling to release the slaves. Moses told him of one last plague. The firstborn son of every Egyptian home would die.

The only way for the children of Israel to escape this punishment was through the death of a perfect lamb. They were to kill the lamb and put the blood on the doorposts of their homes.

When the death angel passed by, no one died in the homes where the blood was on the doorposts. The lamb had taken the place of the firstborn son.

The Year of Jubilee

Redemption is so important to God that He commanded His people in the Old Testament that every fifty years would mark a year of jubilee to them. At that time, every person who was a slave would be given freedom, land would be returned to the original family or tribe who inherited it, and the whole year was to be a time of celebration.

The year of jubilee is another beautiful example of how God redeemed Israel from Egypt, and how He would redeem us in the future.

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Boaz and Ruth

In the book of Ruth, we read one of the most beautiful love stories of all time. It’s the story of a poor widow who left her family, country, and traditions behind to follow her mother-in-law to the land of Israel.

While Ruth was gleaning in a field, Boaz, the owner of the field, noticed her. He fell in love with her beauty, as well as her faith and loyalty. At that time in Israel, a man could redeem the land of a close relative who had died. But he must also take the man’s wife as his own.

Since Ruth was a Moabitess, no other man wanted to redeem the land and be her husband. Boaz became Ruth’s kinsman redeemer, taking her into his home, and putting her in the direct line of Jesus Christ!

Old Testament Bible Verses about Redemption

The word “redeemed” is mentioned many times in the Old Testament, especially in the book of Deuteronomy. God reminded His people over and over again that He had redeemed them from the burdens of the Egyptians.

These verses can also serve to remind us that God redeemed us through the blood of His Son, as well. The entire story of God delivering the children of Israel is a picture of how God would one day send Jesus to redeem us from our sins.

As you read these verses, you can see that God did not want His people to forget where they came from and how far He had brought them!

Exodus 15:13

Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.

Deuteronomy 7:8

But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Deuteronomy 9:26

I prayed therefore unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand.

Deuteronomy 15:15

And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.

Deuteronomy 24:18

But thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee thence: therefore I command thee to do this thing.

2 Samuel 7:23

And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?

Nehemiah 1:19

Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.

Psalm 74:2

Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.

Psalm 106:10

And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.

Psalm 136:1,24

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.

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New Testament Scriptures about Redemption

In the New Testament of the Bible, the focus of the covenant of redemption changes. No more are we looking towards the future with pictures of Christ’s sacrifice. Instead, we can now see how the death of Jesus brought about eternal redemption for us all.

In the Old Testament, a blood sacrifice was needed to receive forgiveness for sins. The message of the New Testament is that Jesus paid that price once and for all. No more animals needed to be sacrificed.

In Hebrews 8, the Bible tells us that the first covenant (made with Moses) no longer applied, but Jesus is the mediator of the new testament covenant.

Hebrews 12:24

And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

Ephesians 1:7

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Hebrews 9:12

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

Hebrews 9:15

And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Galatians 3:13

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree.

Luke 1:68

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

1 Peter 1:18-19

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Ephesians 4:30

And grieve not the holy Spirit of God whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Colossians 1:13-14

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Galatians 4:4-5

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Ephesians 1:14

Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

The book of Romans tells us that our spirits are already redeemed, but now we are waiting for the redemption of our bodies. This will happen when Jesus returns.

Romans 8:23

And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Christ’s death brought the deliverance of humankind from sin.

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What do these Bible verses about redemption mean for me?

The Greek word for “redeem” means to buy back. In the Bible, it often means being saved from the punishment or consequences of sin. And that’s exactly what Jesus did for you through His death on the cross.

He paid the price you couldn’t pay on your own. Salvation isn’t something you need to earn or pay for. Redemption from sin is a free gift of God.

In fact, Romans says “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

You couldn’t afford the price, but the steadfast love of Jesus and His perfect sacrifice bought it for you.

The best news about these redemption Bible verses is this: we no longer have to be separated from God. God, through the death of his son, made a way for you to come back to God.

Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 1:4, “He {Jesus} gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:”

You can leave behind the empty way of life you used to live in a fallen world and live a new life in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the perfect Passover lamb, once and for all. Because of the work of Christ on the cross, you can be free from sin and, one day, go to Heaven to live with Christ Jesus forever.

How to Learn More About the Redemption of Jesus

“Redeemed and so happy in Jesus, no language rapture can tell.” Fanny Crosby’s song “Redeemed” is so full of joy–and for good reason! It is only through the redemptive work of Jesus that we have the forgiveness of our sins and the promise of eternal life forever.

If you’d like to dig in a little deeper and learn more about the beauty of redemption, check out our free Bible reading plan. We’ll go verse-by-verse through the Bible verses on redemption and see all the wonderful promises God made us about the redemptive work of Jesus for us.

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