I don’t think about redemption much and I would guess you don’t either. Sometimes you’ll hear of a sports team or some other competitor playing for redemption of a previous loss or error. And we might be given a coupon to redeem at a store, usually in the hope we’ll do more than purchase just the item from the coupon.
The dictionary says the word redeem “implies releasing from bondage or penalties by giving what is demanded or necessary.” This can describe what Jesus did when he gave his life for us, to redeem our lives from the slavery of sin and death. It doesn’t stop there, though many people think it does. Redemption is ongoing and the state in which we live. We are redeemed, every day, now and forever.
We also live in the state of already and not yet. We are still awaiting our final redemption, when we can trade in these old, tired bodies for new ones (Romans 8:23, NIV; it’s interesting to read this verse in different translations). I’m looking forward to attaining some superpower abilities.
Living a redeemed life is being aware that we are not our own, we are bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV). Our bodies may be falling apart but they are gifts from God and he calls us his temple. We are meant to honor him with these bodies, all the while looking forward to the time our redemption will be total and complete.