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Ephesians 1:7 – In Whom Forgiveness of Sins

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Ephesians 1:7

“7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (NKJV).

In whom, in Him refers to Jesus. This year we have been establishing our identity in Him—in Christ. Everything we are or have is in Jesus, through His finished worked on the Cross.

We have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus. To redeem is to pay a price to buy something back. It is paying the price of our sins, guilt, condemnation, and wrath we deserved by someone who didn’t deserve it. Jesus who knew no sins became sin for us. We who knew no righteousness became righteous through Jesus.

This is a once for all. The totality of our sins and judgment fell on Jesus. Our sins past, present, and future have been forgiven. This is not what most churches teach. Most say our past sins have been forgiven but we have to confess our present sins and future sins. Somehow Jesus didn’t pay for those sins. But that’s precisely why Jesus died on the cross for our sins. We couldn’t keep from sinning and we couldn’t confess all the sins. We could never keep the account clear. Jesus made it once for all total forgiveness of sins and put that problem behind us.

All this is part of the grace package. This is the riches of His grace. This is the abundance of grace. It’s hypergrace which is the Greek for superabounding grace. Why do we think God’s grace is not sufficient when even the Holy Spirit through Paul said it was totally sufficient?

God’s grace far exceeds anything we can even imagine. God is just and holy. He placed all the sins, wrath, and judgment on Jesus. God would be unjust if He punished us again for something already punished. He placed all sins on Jesus. The justice of God was met and we now stand in freedom. We are even free to fail or it wouldn’t be true freedom. So wouldn’t that be license to sin? Sin is still bad for us. Why with all this wonderful freedom would we want to fall into the bondage of sin? It has no dominion over us. We have the riches of grace in Him.

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