Posted: June 24, 2004
A Study of Positional Truths
us look again this week at our study of the precious truth of being In
Christ. We turn our thoughts to Ephesians 1:7. “In
whom we have redemption through his
blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”
‘in whom’ of our verse refers back to the beloved of verse six.
The beloved, the lovely loved one, speaks of Christ our wonderful
Savior. In the baptism and transfiguration of Christ hear the voice of
the Father saying, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well
.....What a thought,
I’m in the beloved. Paul
refers to the child of God in Romans 1:7…”beloved of God, called to
be saints.” In Him brings
me the title of the beloved of God.
according to our text gives us redemption.
The word redemption is such a glorious word full of truth.
Redemption needs three Greek words to explain its depths.
The first Greek word means to buy in the slave market.
In I Corinthians 6:20 the word is used,” for ye are bought with
a price…” I rejoice the day some two thousand years ago, when He
went to the slave market to buy me.
When He was on the cross, I was on His mind.
The second word to explain redemption is to buy off the slave
market for ones self. The
word is used in Galatians 3:13. “Christ
hath redeemed us from the curse of the law…” The third word used to
express the depths of redemption means to liberate by payment of a
ransom. The word is used in
Titus 2:14 “Who gave himself for us that He might redeem us from all
iniquity…” He bought me. He
bought me for himself. Then
He set me free. The Old
Testament slave who was set free would often return and offer himself as
a bond slave. This slavery
was not a forced slavery but a willing servant.
This great redemption is all based upon His precious
blood. It has
caused me to bow and offer myself as a willing slave to Him.
redemption to our study text gives and added perk.
“…the forgiveness of sins…”
The word forgiveness has the idea of to send away, to command to
depart, and to let go as if never committed.
The text adds an ‘s’ to sin, implying them all.
My past, present, and future sins are gone as if never committed.
I can say with the songwriter, ‘My sin not in part, but in
whole is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more.
Praise the Lord, It is well with my soul.’
.....This work of
redemption and forgiveness is through the riches
of His grace. The
unmeasurable wealth of His unmerited favor has been brought to bear upon
the sinner changing him into a saint.
Let us not forget from whence we came, we are sinners saved by
grace, let us ever proclaim, because of being in Him, we are saints of
God. Do you ever refer to a
butterfly as a pretty worm?