We are redeemed by the shed blood of Jesus. To redeem means to free from blame, absolve, atone, to gain or regain something in exchange for payment, reclaim, buy back, or to pay what is necessary to clear a debt.
Isaiah 50:4 says of the Lord, “The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.” The Amplified says, “…to hear as a disciple (as one who is taught).”
John gave a clear picture of what it meant to be a disciple of Jesus. 1 John 1:1-2 says, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life–the life was manifested, and we have seen and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us.”
We are discipled through our intimate communion with the Lord to disciple others. Verse 3 says, “That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.”
We are redeemed and refined to emulate Jesus’ character, and to lead others to a knowledge of the truth. It looks like what Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 2:14-15. “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”
An authentic follower of Jesus is a diffuser. We ‘mist’ the atmosphere with the sweet fragrance of an overcomer. We display His character in all that we say and do. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says that as we behold Him we are transformed to become more like Him. John 15:8 says, “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”