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Savior. One who pays a price to buy back something, to liberate a person or a people from bondage, or to save a life that was legally forfeit. In the OT, the Lord God is the redeemer of Israel (see Ex 6:6; 2 Sm 7:23; Ps 130:7; Is 44:6, 54:5). God delivered Israel from bondage in Egypt and from the Babylonian exile. The OT also includes a messianic expectation of the redeemer who will come (see Is 7:14-17, 9:1-7, 11, 40:1-11). Christians identify Jesus Christ as the expected messiah and redeemer. Jesus is the redeemer of fallen humanity (see Rom 3:24; Gal 3:13, 4:4-5; Ti 2:14). The NT uses a variety of images and metaphors to present Jesus as our redeemer. The sacrifice of Jesus' life is described as "a ransom for many" (Mk 10:45; Mt 20:28). Jesus predicted that he would draw all to himself when he was lifted up from the earth (Jn 12:32). Jesus was "handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification" (Rom 4:25). He is the "Second Adam," who restores humanity to righteousness and right relationship with God (see Rom 5:19). St. Paul states that "as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ" (1 Cor 15:22). The Letter to the Hebrews (2:17) states that Jesus was "a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God" who made "a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people." 

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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