2. (Ephesians 1:7-8)
The Work of God the Son.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,
a. In Him we have redemption through His blood: The Him is the Beloved of Ephesians 1:6. In Him we have redemption and nowhere else. There is no possible redemption outside of Jesus and His Redeeming blood.
i. Redemption always implies a price being paid for the freedom that is purchased. It uses the ancient Greek word lootruo, which means, “to liberate on the receipt of a ransom.” (Gaebelein) Here the price is His blood, showing that the blessing from the Father and the Son comes not only from a Divine Decree, but it also comes according to JESUS’ Righteousness and Holiness THAT HE LIVED OUT PERFECTLY WHILE ON EARTH, UNDER THE LAW OF GOD. He cannot bless in opposition to His Righteousness and Holiness.
ii. Jesus does not Redeem us by His Sinless Life or His Moral example, but only by His death in our place – by His blood. “Observe, it is not redemption through His Power, it is through His Blood. It is not redemption through His Love, it is through His Blood.” (Spurgeon)
iii. We should not take a superstitious or mystical view of “the Blood.” It was not Jesus’ physical Blood that saved anyone, but His real and total payment for the sins of man in His whole person on the cross. This is what the New Testament means when it talks about “the Blood.”
b. According to the Riches of His Grace: The Redemption and Forgiveness given to us comes according to the measure of the Riches of His grace. It is not a “small” redemption or forgiveness won by Jesus on the cross.
It is Immense.
c. Which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence: Many think it is unwise of God to lavish such redemption and forgiveness on guilty sinners.
But it is in all Wisdom and Prudence that He has given this to us.
GET IT ?
GOD DID IT.
GOD IS GOD.
WORSHIP GOD FOR WHAT HE SAYS HE IS
FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE.
” love the LORD your God
with all your heart,
and with all your soul,
and with all your might.”