In this sermon, Pastor Neil lists more reasons to praise God– for our redemption and our forgiveness– two words with different meanings. Here are some excerpts:

Redemption and Forgiveness

Redemption through His Blood

Reason #4 is found in verse 7: “In Him” – in Christ – “we have redemption through His blood.” Redemption (or redeemed) is a word with rich theological connotations. In the ancient world, redemption had to do with the price paid to secure the freedom of a slave, a prisoner, or a POW…

…To be redeemed is to be set free, to be released from whatever or whomever is holding us captive or hostage, to be emancipated from slavery of any and every kind. Redemption, in biblical terms, takes place through the payment of a ransom. Jesus redeemed or ransomed us from our slavery to sin through the payment of His life. Paul says: “We have redemption through His blood.” He gave His life, shedding His blood on our behalf, in order to set usfree from our sins. He made us free to live in fellowship with Him and to live for Him with the help of the Holy Spirit who has come to take up residence in our lives… Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for you and me. To do for us what we could not and cannot do for ourselves. To redeem us from our sins through the shedding of His blood on the cross for us…

Forgiveness

…Reason #5 is also in verse 7 and is closely related to #4. Some might say that redemption and forgiveness are essentially the same. But I prefer to look at them separately. Boice makes this distinction between them: Redemption, he says, means being freed from the dominion or power of sin to rule over us. Forgiveness means having God wipe the slate clean (Boice, 11)…

…From beginning to end, the Bible both shouts and whispers to us that with God there is forgiveness (Psalm 130:4). It says that if we claim or pretend to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins – if we acknowledge our sins, our sinfulness, our need for forgiveness, and turn to God in sincere repentance – God is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:8-9). This is God’s promise to you. No matter what you have done or how you have messed up. No matter what sin or sins seem to have the upper hand in your life.

 

November 4, 2018

Ephesians 1:7-14

Dr. Neil Smith

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