Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3-8
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and might.” (Ephesians 1:7,8)
Redemption is the deliverance that one receives as a result of the payment of a ransom. In the case of salvation, redemption is the deliverance we receive from the guilt and shame of our sin, as a result of the ransom that God Himself paid, namely the death of His Son.
The first question we must ask is — What do we need to be redeemed from? Why do we need to be redeemed? We know that the word gospel means “good news.” But before we can fully grasp the good news, we must first understand the bad news Here it is –“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
We may say, “Of course, we have all failed to meet God’s standard. No one is perfect. Surely God knows our weaknesses.” The problem is that we fail to grasp the seriousness of sin in light of the holiness of God. The word holy means separate or distinct. As it applies to God, it means His total separation from all forms of sin and evil.
When we are confronted by the holiness of God, we are driven to a deep awareness of our sinful condition. Then we come to the realization that we need to be redeemed because sin is so grievous before a holy God.
The only means of the redemption of sinful human beings is the blood of Christ — “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (I Peter 1;18,19).
Jesus Christ became our substitute. Christ was made an offering for our sin and He suffered the punishment that was rightly ours. Jesus Christ was the payment. This payment required a perfect substitute on our behalf — one without blemish or defect. Jesus’ was totally free from sin and was the only one who qualified to be the payment. He voluntarily agreed to be our sin bearer.
As a result of our redemption, our sins are forgiven completely and without any reservation. Look at the excessive, extravagant language used here — “according to the RICHES of His grace which He LAVISHED upon us in ALL wisdom and insight.” As a result of our redemption accomplished by Jesus Christ, read what God says about forgiveness:
“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)
“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist.” (Isaiah 44:22)
“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34)
All of this is possible because God has lavished His grace upon us by redeeming us through the blood of His Son. Our sins have been forgiven. We no longer have to struggle with guilt and shame. Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe!
Lord Jesus, thank You for paying the price that I rightly owe Your heavenly Father because of my sins. You became my substitute. You suffered in my place. You bore the wrath of God so that I would never have to bear it. Indeed, You have lavished Your grace upon me and set me free from sin and guilt.
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