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SUPER DUPER BLESSED IN CHRIST (PART 5) SEEN IN OUR REDEMPTION (PART 2)

 

We are actually busy with a series on Ephesians, and last Sunday we turned our attention to the fact that we are Super Duper Blessed in Christ as seen in our Redemption. We arrived at 5 aspects of our redemption that appear in the text before us, and we looked at two of them, one being our Redeemer, and the second one being us, the redeemed ones. So before we touch on the other three, let’s read together:

Ephesians 1:6-10 (ESV) 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.”

Point 3.The redemptive price.

“7 In him we have redemption through his blood,…”

So, here we stand on the stage of the world slave market of sinners and there is a price to be paid to redeem us, and that price is paid through what? Verse 7 is clear. We have redemption through His blood. What an opportune point to arrive at on Easter morning.

Someone had to die for my sins, or I will eventually die for my sins. Scripture is clear, that the wages of sin is death, blood had to be shed. Somebody had to die. And Jesus did. He poured out His life, as a sacrificial, substitutionary sacrifice for our sin. He died in our place.

The New Testament explains it in various ways. It says that He gave His blood, He gave His soul, He gave His life and He gave Himself. It all means exactly the same. You and I should have died, and that would 100% be the right justice for God to bestow upon us, but God mingled His justice with mercy and sent His son to die as a substitute in our place. And it was this very blood of Jesus that we remembered in communion this morning that ‘redeemed us’.  The sacrificial systems of the old where the blood of animals had to pay for the sins of the people was a shadow or a symbol of what was to come in Christ Jesus. Peter puts it so well in 1 Peter 1:18-19 (ESV) 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”

Revelation 5:9-14 (ESV) 9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, 10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” 11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” 13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” 14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.”

Church family. Peter got it, and he calls the blood of Christ precious. In Revelation they got it and they sing about it. They sang, and then the angels join in, and then every creature joins in. Oh, the wonderful blood, precious blood. Do we get it, or do we take it for granted? There is so much more to say on the blood. Pastor Johan will do a sermon on that soon.

Point 4. The redemptive results.

What does it mean to be redeemed? What are the results? Verse 7the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,…”

Listen to the words of Christ Himself in Matthew 26:28 (ESV) 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” My friend, if you are in Christ, you get what Christ can do for you, namely forgive you of all your horrid sins, but if you are not in Christ, then you are still in your sins and you get what your sins can do for you, namely death.

Let me just remind you what forgiveness means in this context. Israel in the Old Testament understood this. When they had the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, the day of national atonement for sin, there were two goats that were used by the high priest. The blood of one goat was sprinkled on the altar. The other goat, the priest went up to that goat and put hands on that goat's head, and as it were, he laid all the peoples sins on the head of that goat. He confessed the people's sins on the head of that goat. And that goat was then taken out and sent into the wilderness where it could never find its way back again, it symbolized the taking of sin and sending it away where it would never ever be seen again. Beloved, that is exactly the word used here for forgiveness. It is the Greek word ‘aphiemi’ which means to send away, never to return. Our sins, then, have been sent away never to return. Isn't that incredible?

This is incredible stuff Christian. Do you realise just how great your forgiveness is. Psalm 103:12 (ESV) “12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” Isaiah 44:22 (ESV) 22 I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.” According to Micah 7:19 God will cast our sin into the depth of the sea. And we need to put a board up there saying no fishing. It is gone, leave it alone, don’t fiddle with it, don’t seek it out, don’t do it again. Because when Jesus forgives, He does say as He did to the adulterous woman: “go and sin no more.”

Why did He do it? 1 John 2:12 (ESV) 12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.”

And do we realise that this forgiveness is constant, because we know we are going to sin again? 1 John 1:9 (ESV) 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

You say - That means God accepts me. That's right, God accepts you. He accepts you in the beloved one not on the basis of your good looks or your mind or your works but on the basis of His plan from before the foundation of the world. There are no second class Christians. We're all in Christ, as Christ, beloved sons, totally forgiven. And if you can't forgive yourself you've got a God complex. If God cared that much to bring you that close to Him, you're something worth something. I can't stand Christians who go around bad mouthing themselves. You forget who you are. God sees everything in stark naked reality and says In spite of it all, I'm satisfied with you because I'm satisfied with My Son and you're in Him, see. And I forgive you everything from before the foundation of the world for as long as you live. I mean, if He can accept me, I can accept me. That gives us our sense of worth. I'm worth something. I matter to God. And if I matter to God I matter to me and to you and everybody has that value.

There are two things we cannot ignore regarding this forgiveness otherwise we do not do justice to the text.

1) How much forgiveness does God have in store?

Verse 7 “the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,…

It's all grace, from beginning to end, and God’s grace is inexhaustible. There are no words in our dictionary to explain the extent of God’s grace. All we can say is that He has infinite grace.

2) What is our experience of the riches of his grace?

Ephesians 1:8 (ESV) “8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.”

Again, whenever God does something He abounds. I mean, He doesn't just hand stuff out in little tiny increments. He dumps it on you. He abounds, superabundantly. In two things; wisdom and insight. He literally made to overflow; according to the meaning of the verb. Wisdom by the way is ‘sophia’. It has to do with wisdom in eternal things like life and death and God and man and sin and eternity and time. It's theological. But the second word is ‘insight’ or prudence from ‘phronesis’ in the Greek and it means insight into earthly things, day to day living.

Now, as a Christian we not only have forgiveness that takes care of the negative, but positively God gives us the equipment to understand Him and to walk through the world on a day to day basis. Isn't that super? Wisdom and insight. So that we have all we need to know how to put it into work.

So by wonderful grace, He forgives our sin. And then He dumps into our minds and pours through our hands and feet and mouths principles for spiritual living in the midst of a world like ours. Spiritual discernment, we are the wisest. God has taken us into His confidence.

Listen, God thinks so highly of you in grace, beloved, as a Christian that He has given you the secrets of the universe.

Point 5.  The redemptive reason.

Why did He do it all? What's the intention of it? What's the purpose?

Ephesians 1:9 (ESV) 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ.”

This is super stuff. He told us this mystery of the church, and the body, and all these fantastic things, He did it on His own with His own desires in mind, for Himself. But why did He do this? Why this incredible revelation? Why this amazing reality of salvation and redemption? Verse 10 (ESV) tells us why: 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” That means the millennial kingdom and right on out into eternity, when time is filled up, when the end comes, when the kingdom arrives, and eternity comes, the new heaven and the new earth ultimately of course was seen there. When will this happen? It will happen when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Christ will gather the universe into unity. Right now the universe is splintered, it is scattered, it is splattered, and it is divided. Satan rules, demons rule and the fight is on between God and the holy angels but sometime demons and Satan are cast into the pit, in the Kingdom time, then released for a little time for their final fling and then they are sent to the pit forever, the bottomless pit. And God will call all things into one in Christ and there will be incredible and eternal unity in Him; all things redeemed.

Why is He redeeming us? To make us a part of the final goal of history, to bring all things to Himself.

God has an absolutely, clear, wonderful purpose, the completion of history, everything comes together, you begin to see it in His millennial Kingdom, ultimately in the new heavens and the new earth, all things one in Christ.

Are you redeemed? If you are - I hope you're thankful. All that God could possibly give He has given to you. He planned it in the past. He worked it out in the present in order that you might experience the fullness of it in the future. And it's all yours through faith in Jesus Christ. And on this Friday, Easter Friday, we have a privilege to be reminded of this wonderful redemption that we enjoy in Jesus Christ.

Anybody who comes to Jesus Christ receives this gift of redemption. That's the gift we offer to you this morning.

Amen!

Soli Deo Gloria

25 March 2016