from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of redeeming or the condition of having been redeemed.
- n. Recovery of something pawned or mortgaged.
- n. The payment of an obligation, as a government's payment of the value of its bonds.
- n. Deliverance upon payment of ransom; rescue.
- n. Christianity Salvation from sin through Jesus's sacrifice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the act of redeeming or something redeemed
- n. the recovery, for a fee, of a pawned article
- n. salvation from sin
- n. rescue upon payment of a ransom
As any churchgoer who tuned in to watch the recent NBA finals contest between the Lakers and Celtics already knows, the term redemption is probably now heard more often in NBA sports broadcasts than in homilies.
Secondarily, God's wisdom in redemption is made known to evil angels, who dwell "in heavenly places" in a lower sense, namely, the air (compare Eph 2: 2 with Eph 6: 12);
And for those of you familiar with our war on the ridiculous misuse of the word redemption in sports - as in, Michael Vick does not "redeem" himself for killing dogs by winning an N.F.L. game - it does fit here.
With all her forgetfulness of God, God still remembers her; showing that her redemption is altogether of grace.
Godhead cannot change places, nor did he bring his body from heaven; but that he thus condescended for our redemption is a more admirable mercy; herein he commended his love.
BOOK: Want to read a book about families and domestic abuse and how redemption is possible and terrifying and not something you do once, but practice over and over?
Sheriff seeking redemption is the stuff of old-fashioned Westerns and makes for good television.
I have heard that the rebate processing companies promise a certain redemption rate, but had not heard that they pay for the overage -- that certainly does increase the temptation for outright fraud.
Schwab generally charges a short-term redemption fee of $49.95 on such sales.
"My father was not perfect, but he believed in redemption," he said.