Redeem — to obtain or purchase back; to liberate or rescue from captivity (Titus 2:14; Matthew 1:21) or from bondage (Hebrews 2:14); to repurchase what had been sold; to regain possession of by repaying the value of it to the possessor (“I made you, I bought you, you’re mine!”); to recover what was lost or stolen; to make free by atonement; to pay the penalty of; to save; to perform what has been promised (Matthew 1:21); to rescue and deliver from the bondage of sin and death, the penalty of God’s violated law, by obedience and suffering in the place of the sinner (Galatians 3).
Redemption — repurchase of captured goods or prisoners; the act of procuring the deliverance of persons or things from the possession and power of captors by the payment of an equivalent.
Redemption speaks of creation. Why? Those who are redeemed are to fulfill the awesome purpose for which they were both created and redeemed. The fact that we need to be redeemed tells us that there was a marvelous purpose we were created for. If there were no purpose for creation there would be no need for redemption. But our Father’s purpose in creating mankind and the infinite universe is more wonderful than the mind of natural man can imagine. Yet it is being revealed in these last days by the Holy Spirit to His people.2 So redemption is for the purpose of creation. If it were not for redemption there would be no way to fulfill the purpose of creation.
Redemption restores or recovers the purpose man was created to fulfill, for there is a purpose for creation other than what man is now accomplishing. Man does not know why he was created. There has been a spirit at work on the earth for generations to divorce man from the instinctive knowledge that he has a purpose for living. He sometimes asks the question, “Is there life after death?” He knows that he must die, but he hardly knows why. He cannot understand that Yahweh had a purpose, and still has a purpose for man.