Q26: What Else Does Christ's Death Redeem?

New City Catechism: Question 26

Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with Stephen Um, the Senior Minister of Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston, answers the question, "What else does Christ's death redeem?”

Colossians 1:19-20 (ESV)

19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

We can respond to question twenty-six with the following answer: Christ’s death is the beginning of the redemption and renewal of every part of fallen creation, as He powerfully directs all things for His own glory and creation’s good.

Stephen said Jesus’ death redeems humans, but it also redeems all of creation. Jesus’ death inaugurated the restoration of our sin-stained world. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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Jesus died to redeem us and His earth from sin. Though He stands victorious over death, redemption must still come to full fruition. Therefore, we live in a tension, awaiting His return when He will make all things new.

Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Colossians 1:19–20. Take a moment to reflect on redemption through Christ. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of redemption, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize Colossians 1:19–20. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions as you remember that Christ redeems.

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