Monday, June 8, 2009

Redemption & Restoration

So I'm trying to unpack some thoughts on redemption and restoration. Can something be redeemed without being restored and can you have restoration without redemption?


Redeem: to make up for; make amends for; offset (some fault, shortcoming, etc.): His bravery redeemed his youthful idleness; to obtain the release or restoration of, as from captivity, by paying a ransom; to deliver from sin and its consequences by means of a sacrifice offered for the sinner.

Restore: to bring back into existence, use, or the like; reestablish: to restore order; to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition, as a building, statue, or painting; to put back to a former place, or to a former position, rank, etc.: to restore the king to his throne; to give back; make return or restitution of (anything taken away or lost); to reproduce or reconstruct (an ancient building, extinct animal, etc.) in the original state.

I don't know the answers to this, but I wanna figure it out. Any thoughts, etc., that y'all wanna pass along would be GREATLY appreciated!

1 comment:

  1. I think you can be redeemed without being restored. There are tons of Christians (ie, redeemed from having to go to hell) that are no where close to being restored. I believe we are very willing to let God redeem us from hell, but don't really expect Him to restore us. If we did we wouldn't walk around calling ourselves "sinners" all the time. If God restored us to the place we were before sin we wouldn't be classified as "sinners" we are redeemed from sin and restored to our intended position.