Friday, July 30, 2010

In Him we have Redemption


“In him we have redemption” (Ephesians 1:7)

Everyone loves a great story of redemption. Look at the movies Hollywood produces and books being written and the television shows out there and it’s not hard to see we all long for redemption. The world loves to hear of positive news stories of one person coming to another’s rescue. This is a natural part of who we are as humans. Here is good news for our souls: “In him we have redemption.”

Whether we want to acknowledge the truth or not, all of us need to be delivered. We love the redemption stories naturally because our souls naturally long to be delivered from our wicked state. The truth about God weighs inwardly in our souls so we cannot escape our sinfulness. Rather than admit our own sinfulness we would rather harden our hearts to love sin more and more. We love ourselves so much that though we know God we do “not honor him as God or give thanks to him” therefore darkening our foolish hearts (Romans 1:21). Instead of finding lasting joy and satisfaction in our perfect Creator we would rather exchange “the truth about God for a lie” and worship and serve created, temporal things rather than our Creator (Romans 1:25). Looking at the truth reminds me that we do not deserve to have any sort of redemption offered to us but God’s word tells us: “In him we have redemption.”

The perfect and holy Creator, who we have rebelled against from the beginning of our lives, loves us so much that he sent his Son to be our redemption. “In him” speaks of trusting in Christ for our only hope of redemption. Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden did not mess up God’s original plan. His plan was always to redeem a people for himself through the work of his Son, Jesus Christ. “He chose us in [Christ] before the foundation of the world…In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:4-5). These are mind blowing truths to which believers ought to be picking their jaws up off the floor being humbled that God had a plan and we were a part of it.

This truth also ought to spur us on to proclaim the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ who has purchased for his own possession a people who are blood bought. “In him we have redemption” refers to every single soul that was purchased at Calvary. The text goes on to say, “Through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” This is why Paul repeats over and over for God’s people to proclaim Christ crucified. This message alone has power to transform lives because it is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16).

God planned it this way so he would get all the glory alone in salvation. “By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8-9). The boasting we are to do is in the cross of Christ. It is only in him where the deliverance of lost souls is found. We are saved by his grace through faith and “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). This message should stir the highest affections for our Savior which should produce lives and mouths that cannot but speak of the cross of Jesus Christ the One in whom redemption is found.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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