n Him we have redemption through His blood … Ephesians 1:7
Having considered in verses 3 through 6 of Ephesians 1, the great and eternal plan of the Father, purposed before the foundation of the world for us – that we should be holy and without blame before Him, adopted and accepted in the Beloved – we now begin to consider how God’s eternal purpose is carried out through the person of the Son. In verses 7 through 12, we will take up the matter of the work of God’s Son, which is also toward the end of the praise of God’s glory. Having had the grand plan laid out before our eyes, and seeing what is our highly favored position in Christ, verse 7, in a sense, brings us back to the reality that we are yet on earth, still human, still mortal, and still sinful.
How can it be that we may ever attain to the exalted place which is described in Ephesians 1:3-6? Isaiah 59:1-2 summarizes the reality of our condition so well: Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you. In order for us to arrive to our predestined position, something must be done with the problem of our sins which separate us from God. So God in His eternal wisdom and foreknowledge designed a way whereby men could and would be reconciled to Him. That way is Christ – in Him we have redemption. Christ came to seek and save that which was lost – to literally and completely save His people from their sins – to reconcile God and man. And what Christ did on the cross at Calvary accomplished such redemption, as 2 Corinthians 5:19 tells us that God was, in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself. The work of Christ is the means that God uses to accomplish all that He had predestined to do in and through His people.
Redemption is required because mankind is sold into the slavery of sin. The whole world lies guilty before God in bondage to sin and under the yoke of Satan. On the cross, Christ accomplished the work that He said He would accomplish, by giving His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45), and thus purchasing us out of slavery. Today, if you are in Christ, you have been bought with a price (I Cor 6:20), and that price was His own blood (Acts 20:28, Rom 3:24-25, Eph 2:13, Heb 9:12-22, 1 Pet 1:18, 1 Jn 1:7, Rev 1:5).
Look up the word blood in a concordance in order that you might get an appreciation for the importance of blood to our faith. As you think about blood, what comes to mind? How is blood offensive to us? Why is blood so pervasive in Scripture, yet so disregarded by many in the church? Is there really any other way to understand Christ’s redemption of His people than a ransom of blood?
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