I Stand Redeemed
By Dennis Huebshman
In 1999, the Gospel group Legacy Five released a song called, “I Stand Redeemed”. From the very first time I listened to the words, I felt deeply convicted, and asked the Heavenly Father to provide me with the capacity and ability to love Him more each day. I still ask for this even today in my prayers.
The first stanza taken from the internet is: “When I think of all my faults and my failures; When I consider all the times I let God down; I am humbled at the grace He has extended; I’m amazed the mercy I have found. I could never earn His love, on my own; yet every time I come before His throne…” (emphasis mine)
(Chorus) “I stand Redeemed, by the blood of the Lamb. I stand Redeemed before the Great I Am! When He looks at me, He sees the Nail-Scarred hands; that bought my liberty, I stand Redeemed!”
There are many people in this world today that don’t consider they have “faults and failures”, but Romans 3:23 tells us, “All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.” How may times have you heard some one say, “I’m a good person, so God has to let me in Heaven.”? This is one of the lies satan relies on to gain souls that will be with him in the Lake of Fire. No one is good enough.
Even today, I realize I let God down more times than I can count, but He is there to forgive me because I’ve accepted Jesus as my absolute Savior, Redeemer, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, and my all-time best Friend. Jesus gave us “grace” by taking our punishment for our sins on Himself, on the cross at Calvary. God shows “mercy” by not punishing believers as we so richly deserve. Unbelievers, any and all who do not accept Jesus, are not covered by this grace and mercy, and will pay for all their own sins at the White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15).
One thing is clear, we can never earn or purchase the love and redemption from the Father on our own. When we are covered by the “blood sacrifice” that Jesus provided, we fall under Psalm 103:10-13, “He does not deal with us as our sins deserve; He does not repay us as our misdeeds (sins) deserve. (11) For as the skies are high above the earth, so His loyal love towers over His faithful followers. (12) As far as the eastern horizon is from the west, so He removes the guilt of our rebellious actions (again, sin) from us. (13) As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on His faithful followers.”
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that after we accept Jesus, we become perfect and sinless on our own merits. Jesus came here as fully human, yet remained fully God. He allowed himself to become lower than the angels for a time, in order that the sacrifice for our sins could be pure and holy once and for all. (Hebrews 2: 7;9;18) By becoming human, He has credibility when He says He knows what we are going through, and how we feel.
This is a “personal” relationship that only the Lord God Jehovah wants with us. Other “religions” that worship other “gods” cannot make this claim. The love of our Father is demonstrated in such verses as John 3:16-18; Romans 5:8; Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21; Romans 10:13; John 10:16-18 and many others. When a believer confesses their sins to God, He is faithful and just to forgive us. (1 John 1:8-10)
The second stanza of the song, “Even at my best, I am unworthy; I have nothing precious I can give. A broken heart is all I have to offer; and yet it’s a priceless gift to Him. The bitter mark of sin, will never fade away; but I can come before Him unashamed.” (chorus)
There is no material object on this earth that will appease God. He has no earthly needs, as He created everything here. When we offer our love to Him by accepting His Son Jesus as our Savior, we receive the gift of having the Holy Spirit, one third of the Trinity, live within us for our remaining time on earth. All we can offer God is our faith and belief that Jesus did come to this earth as the Bible says. He lived a perfect sin-less life while here, making the sacrifice acceptable to the Father who cannot tolerate any sin, large or small.
When we ask the Savior to forgive us and come into our hearts, He stands before the Father and declares we are one of His, and the Father will accept us. Our sins are remembered no more by the Father; not for anything we can do, but for what Jesus did for us. When we truly believe Jesus died for us, and was raised from the dead by the Father, our eternity is established as having an eternal Heavenly address. (Romans 10:9)
When someone has not accepted the Savior, and their influence is of this world and what satan offers, they will not have the same attitude toward sin as a believer does. I know that when I mess up and fall short because of sin, I cannot rest until I go to the Father in prayer, and seek His forgiveness. I am still eligible for any “discipline” because of my actions, but the sin itself is forgiven.
Also, because I have been privileged as a pastor to present the Word of the Lord over the past 30 plus years, I do not take lightly the warning of James 2:1, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, because you know we will be judged more strictly.” I am human, and will make mistakes, but my goal is to be as accurate as possible in getting the pure word out. I ask the Father to provide what He wants published, before I put the first word down.
My belief is our time here is getting very short. All the signs of the degeneration of human morals; all the hate against anything Christian; and wrong is right and right is wrong (Isaiah 5:20), speaks volumes that we are nearing the midnight hour. That is representative that the “Rapture” is about to happen, and a progression into the Tribulation is very near. When the final 70th week of Daniel starts (Daniel 9:24), It will be the worst 7-year period of time this earth will ever experience.
Go back over the words of the song. If you feel the need to call out to the Father, now would be a great time to do so. You don’t need any fancy prayers or speeches. He is your Father, and He is listening and knows what your heart is saying. He is never too busy to take time to listen to any and all who call out to Him.
No matter what you have done in the past, the only unforgivable sin is to not accept God’s Son, Jesus. This is blaspheming the Holy Spirit by saying Jesus is not our only way to the Father (John 14:6), and you will be calling Him a liar. God does not lie.
Ask Him to forgive you and accept you as one of His own, and you will then “Stand Redeemed”.