Summary: Our redemption in Christ.
Series: Ephesians: How to Walk God’s Trail
Text: Ephesians 1:7-14
Title: “You Are Redeemed”
• Redeem—1. To obtain the release or restoration of, as from captivity, by paying a
2. To discharge or fulfill a pledge or a promise.
I. The Payment (7a)
• “In Him we have redemption through His blood.”
o We are held in bondage because of our sin.
Romans 7:14 -- 14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.
o However God paid the debt that we could have never paid off no matter how many “good lives” we were able to live.
o The payment that God made came in the form of Christ’s shed blood on Calvary.
o All those sacrifices of those innocent lambs in the OT were just pictures of what God was going to do.
John 1:29 -- 29 “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
o God had told us over 750 years before Jesus was even born that He would be the payment for our sins, so that we may be redeemed.
Isaiah 53:4-6 -- 4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
1 Peter 1:18-19 -- 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
II. The Release (7b)
• We are forgiven!!!
o Day of Atonement
o While this was only a temporary fix, Israel still looked forward to when God would totally remove them from their sins.
Micah 7:18-19 -- 18 Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in unchanging love. 19 He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins Into the depths of the sea.
• But what happens when I continue to sin, that is the difference between redemption (once) and cleansing (as often as you need it).
John 13:9-10 -- 9 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”
1 John 1:9 -- 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
• Our Christian life is just like anything else; in order for it to keep working properly it must be maintained and cleaned.
• See our state of being forgiven is “according to the riches of His grace,” and again is given to us through faith alone.
III. The Restoration (8-10)
• From the moment that Adam and Eve sinned God promised that He would restore that broken relationship; and kept making that promise in various ways.