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Ransom

the price or payment made for our redemption, as when it is said that the Son of man “gave his life a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28; compare Acts 20:28; Rom. 3:23-24; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; Gal. 3:13; 4:4-5, Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14; 1 Tim. 2:6; Titus 2:14; 1 Pet. 1:18-19.

In all these passages the same idea is expressed). This word is derived from the Fr. rancon; Latin redemptio. The debt is represented not as cancelled but as fully paid. The slave or captive is not liberated by a mere gratuitous favor, but a ransom price has been paid, in consideration of which he is set free. The original owner receives back his alienated and lost possession because he has bought it back “with a price.” This price or ransom (Greek: lutron) is always said to be Christ, his blood, his death. He secures our redemption by the payment of a ransom. (See REDEMPTION.)