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Dec 2021

Missio Dei: One Who Redeems

The redemption of Creation is a part of God’s Mission. He seeks to bring all of nature and humanity into line with what he intended.

But how? At every major turning point, God uses humanity in His mission to glorify Himself through redemption. Unredeemed humanity is under condemnation, separated from Christ, alienated and without hope (Eph. 2:12).

Yet within the story of the fall is also a promise of redemption. Adam not only heard a promise of death but also of life. The woman would bear children from whom the Redeemer would come, and though the serpent would bruise the heel, the offspring would crush the serpent’s head (Genesis 3). Through the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus, God redeems humanity to himself, reconciling us to Him.

At the centre of God’s redemptive purpose is the salvation of humanity, the creature made in the image and likeness of God. As individuals are empowered by the Holy Spirit, the kingdom extends its territory, primarily through God’s new covenant people, the Church.

Incredible news! Not only are we, as Christians, now redeemed, but we also become ministers of redemption! As we share the gospel and tell others about this story of redemption, and as they too follow Jesus, God’s kingdom grows on the earth fulfilling Missio Dei.

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