“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins,
in accordance with the riches of God’s grace (Ephesians 1:7)”
I meditate on the Scripture above and stand in wonder once again at how awesome and loving God is to man. In Christ, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace, we receive redemption and the forgiveness of sins! Selah!
I can still remember the day that I heard God’s voice regarding forgiving a loved one. For me, it had always been about deserving my forgiveness. The Lord taught me that this [my deserving it] is not how He had handled my need for forgiveness. The Lord also very quickly taught me that and this was a great blessing because there was no way I could ever deserve His forgiveness.
Then the Lord taught me the very important lesson that my forgiving my loved one was not my condoning or agreeing that what was done to me was right but it was my giving away my right to get even. My, my, my…there is freedom in hearing and receiving the Word of God! I can testify of God’s abounding grace and tender mercy and how He gave away His right to get even with me, drew me unto Himself, redeemed me, and reconciled me back to the Father. Great is His mercy!
I can also remember the day the Holy Spirit drew Hebrews 12:15 up off the page for me, “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” I can remember replying back to the Lord, “You are the God of grace, how can I see to it?” His reply was that He had given me (gifted me) much grace and His Spirit lives in me to empower and equip me to pass grace along. Okay…I got it, message received!
Since that day, I pray for God’s strength to abide in His Spirit, walk in grace, and to keep very short accounts, that’s what Jesus did. He forgave us…His love was so great that He gifted us forgiveness and salvation. Even at Calvary, we hear Him cry out, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34).”
The issue of our sin – our disobedience, rebellion, and trespasses required justice and Jesus redeemed us to the Father by His blood. Selah!
“He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption (Hebrews 9:12).”
“so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:29-31)”
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29