Ephesians 1:7, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”
Of late I have been thinking about the saving grace of our Lord Jesus and I am constantly amazed at what He has done for a wicked wretched man that I am. I am forever thankful to Him for what He has done.
There are some truths that continue to humble me in learning of saving grace and here is the biggest one, Jesus did not suffer and die on the cross because man was worth saving, He suffered and died on the cross because He was worthy to save. No one’s sacrifice was worthy to satisfy the demand of the law death.The Greek word translated “redeemed” was often used to speak of buying a slave’s or debtor’s freedom. Christ’s death, because it was a death of substitution for sin, satisfied God’s justice and exhausted His wrath toward His elect. This means Christ purchased believers from slavery to sin and from the sentence of eternal death. For a broken law to be satisfied, a blood sacrifice was required and Leviticus 17:11 reads, “The life of the flesh is in the blood” and if a life sheds blood, there is no more life left hence death. That is what the law does; it demands a blood sacrifice for it to be satisfied. Ezekiel 18:20, “The soul that sins shall die”, Romans 6:23, “for the wages of sin is death…”
Thank God for His saving plan even when we were not worth saving (redeeming), He saved (redeemed) us through His blood. Ephesians 1:7, “In Him we have redemption through His blood” The term used here relates to paying the required ransom to God for the release of a person from bondage. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross paid that price for every elect person enslaved by sin, buying them out of the slave market of iniquity. The price of redemption was death. Now only saving faith unlocks the door of the prison where the law keeps men bound, kept under guard by the law. Paul personifies the law as a jailer of guilty, condemned sinners, ON DEATH ROW awaiting God’s judgment (Romans 6:23). Faith in Christ alone releases (redeems) people from the death row of bondage to law.
We therefore do not accept Him as many use this terminology in reference to being saved by saying “I have accepted Jesus”, No, He accepts us and we in turn receive His acceptance. We will not enter into heaven primarily because we have accepted Christ, we will enter into heaven because God has accepted us through His Son Jesus. A certain preacher, Paul Washer in one of his preaching gave this analogy, “if for example I went to White House, I will not be accepted into White House because I know President, I can only be accepted into White House because he knows me and he has invited me”. How then can this also apply to the unsaved, we share the gospel with them and “we don’t tell people they are saved, we tell them how they can be saved, God tells them they are saved”, Paul Washer
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law and now His REDEMPTION BRINGS IN THE LIMITLESS GRACE OF GOD. Blessings Ev