Redemptive Program

redemptive program

“And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day there will be one Lord—his name alone will be worshiped.”  –  Zechariah 14:9

The promise came to Abraham that a seed would come from him that would bless all nations.  Paul identified this seed as Christ, and the blessing which was to come through Him, Paul identified as redemption or justification.  Abraham’s seed would bring redemption to people, fulfilling the redemptive program.

To fulfill His kingdom purpose, God chose David out of the same lineage and made a covenant about a kingdom and a royal seed.  This seed of David eventually would rule over the house of Israel forever.  Besides ruling over Israel, it was later revealed that this anointed One would extend His rule over the whole world.  Through the seed of David, God would fulfill His kingdom program by destroying the rebels and governing the world in righteousness.

It is also interesting to note that each of these two men was given a son who typified the seed he was promised – Isaac represented redemption and Solomon represented Christ in His royalty, being a king of glory and splendor.  It is no wonder that the Spirit of God begins the New Testament by introducing its central figure as “the son of David, the son of Abraham.” (Matthew 1:1)

There were also two symbolic animals – the sacrificial lamb represented redemption and the other is a lion representing the king of the beasts and kingly authority.  “The lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” and “like a lamb…to slaughter” portraying Him as the Lord’s servant and “Lion…from the tribe of Judah” pointing out that out of the tribe of Judah would come a Ruler who would rule Israel and the world.

Though the kingdom purpose is broader, extending to the whole spiritual realm, it could not be accomplished without the redemptive program for us all.  After John sees Christ as the Lion and the Lamb, he hears the angelic throng loudly acclaim; “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honour and glory and blessing.” (Revelation 5:12)  He will have shown not only His worthiness to rule as God’s Lion, having been slain as God’s Lamb.

Christ will finally present this reclaimed kingdom back to the Father.  That presentation will constitute the fulfillment of His commission from the Father in His role as the seed of the woman.

The divine-human fellowship will not be based on fear or force, but on love.

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