In Christ we are Redeemed and Forgiven (1:7-8), What is the relationship between the words redemption and forgiveness in Ephesians 1:7?
Ephesians 1:7-8 (NASB)
“7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding”.
The blessing of redemption has to do with the purchasing of slaves or prisoners for the purpose of setting them free. Before we found freedom in Christ, we were slaves of sin and self. Our redemption was costly; it cost Jesus His life
1 Peter 1:18-19 (NASB)
“18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.”
Forgiveness is the consequence of redemption. The Greek grammatical construction of verse 7 shows that these two things, redemption and forgiveness, are in apposition to each other (placing a word beside another so the second word explains the first). Redemption results in and leads to our forgiveness (Salmond 1990, 254).
(These two) blessings are all in Christ. The price for redemption has been paid through His blood. The abundant riches of God’s grace determine the degree of His sacrifice (Romans 5:7-8, 20; John 1:16).
Romans 5:7-8 (NASB)
“7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”, “20 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,”
John 1:16 (NASB)
“16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.”
The words “with all wisdom and understanding” indicate that God does not provide this blessing indiscriminately. He knew what He was doing and considered it a wise investment of His lavish grace.
In what ways were you in slavery before you found freedom in Christ?
Most of us have no idea what it would be like to be a slave—in bondage, with no rights, without identity, forced into hard labor, subject to cruel treatment, and without hope. Yet sin and satan enslave millions with the same results. Jesus redeems, frees, and forgives us. What a blessing! What a good news!
LeRoy Bartal – Prison Episetls
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