Eph 1:7 – 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
As we continue to look into the book of Ephesians we begin to understand and appreciate more and more the salvation that God has provided for us.
Here Paul says…
1. …we have redemption –
This word redemption is a powerful word and can be defined and illustrated in a number of ways.
Here is a simple definition and example: It is to be freed from sin’s power so that it doesn’t have power to rule over us anymore. In other words sin’s handcuffs have been released. We are no longer bound by sin. Through Him (Christ) we have been released from bondage.
It also means – the act of saving somebody from a corrupted state and restoring him/her to a better condition.
Furthermore it also means that our ransom price has been paid.
In the Roman prisons of this time the offenses, charges, and punishment of the criminal were nailed outside the cell of the prisoner. When the criminal had paid his dues he would be given a receipt that stated that he had served his time and paid in full his determined punishment.
When Christ redeemed you He paid in full (on the cross) all the sins you ever did (past, present, and future).
In Christ we have true freedom! John 8:34 – “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
You have been set free in such a way that you can now do what is right and actually serve the Lord. Before you could not do this, even your best was filthiness to God. But now in your redemption you are able to glorify God!!!
This brings us to the next part of the verse.
2. …through His blood – In the O.T. on the Day of Atonement the High Priest would make sacrifrice for the sins of the people. The blood thereof would be sprinkled on the mercy seat.
The high priest would also use another goat for the purpose of serving as a scapegoat. The high priest would pray and confess the sins of the people and put symbolically place them on the goat. Then the goat would be sent to wander off into the desert. (Lev. 16)
Psalms 103:12 – “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”
Jesus Christ took our sins upon Himself and caused them to be lost forever, never to be found again.
Notice in the verse from Psalms that God says “As far as the east is from the west,…” This is important because there are in fact north and south poles that can be located. But there are no determined points that one can use to distinguish how far the east is from the west. In other words God is saying they are lost!
When God looks at you, child of God, He doesn’t see your sins, rather He sees the blood of the Lamb that was slain. John referred to Christ as our scapegoat in His proclamation in John 1:29 – “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
Jesus, as the Lamb of God, (our scapegoat) took the sins of the world away!!!
3. …the forgiveness of sins – This simply means that God wipes our slate clean. Unlike when you wipe a literal slate clean and it leaves behind enough markings to still read was once intentionally written, when God wipes our slate clean it is as if our slate is brand new having never been written upon.
You have been redeemed. Christ paid your sin debt and set you free. Now”…ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (I Cor 6:20)
Don’t abuse your freedom. Do with it what it was intended for – to glorify God!!!