Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Lord has given himself

"Though closely allied to salvation, redemption is more specific, for it denotes the means by which salvation is achieved, namely, by the payment of a ransom. . . . No word in the Christian vocabulary deserves to be held more precious than Redeemer, for even more than Savior it reminds the child of God that his salvation has been purchased at a great and personal cost, for the Lord has given himself for our sins in order to deliver us from them."

Everett F. Harrison, "Redeemer, Redemption," in Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, pages 918-919.