Major Bible Themes by John F. Walvoord, Lewis Sperry Chafer

By John F. Walvoord, Lewis Sperry Chafer

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Because it is in a plural form, it seems to include all the Trinity, although it can also be used of individual Persons of the Trinity. The third name for God in the Old Testament is adonai, which commonly means "master" or "lord" and is used not only of God as our Master but also of men who are masters over their servants. It is frequently joined to elohim, as in Genesis 15:2, and when so used emphasizes the fact that God is our Master or Lord. Many combinations of these names of God are found in the Old Testament.

1:14; Heb. 9:15; 11:35). The concept of redemption accordingly includes the purchase, removal from sale, and the complete freedom of the ransomed individual through the death of Christ and the application of redemption by the Holy Spirit. The death of Christ was an offering for sin, not like the animal offerings of the Old Testament, which could cover sin only in the sense of delaying the time of righteous judgment. In His sacrifice Christ bore our sins forever (Isa. 53:7-12; John 1:29; 1 Cor. 5:7; Eph.

5:21; Gal. 1:4; Heb. 9:28). In paying the price of our ransom, Christ redeemed us. In the New Testament, three important Greek words are used to express this idea: ( 1 ) agorazo, meaning "to buy in the market" {agora means "market"). Man in his sin is considered under the sentence of death (John 3:18-19; Rom. 6 : 2 3 ) , a slave "sold un­ der sin" (Rom. 7 : 1 4 ) , but in the act of redemption purchased by Christ through the shedding of His blood (1 Cor. 6:20; 7:23; 2 Pet. 2 : 1 ; Rev. 5:9; 14:3-4); ( 2 ) exagorazo, meaning "to buy out of the market" which adds the thought not only of purchase but removal from sale (Gal.

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