Thomas S. Myers
THE PRICE OF forgiveness
\\ *Ephesians 1:7** \\ In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace *
What is redemption?
What does it mean?
The word "redemption" has been etched in stained glass.
Its meaning has been lost, except for coupon clippers and those who want to collect the 5 cent deposit on soda cans.
But the word "redemption" is a rich word which points to our forgiveness of sins.
The Greek word for redemption found here in Ephesians 1:7 meant to go to the market place and buy a slave who is in trouble and then set the slave free.
That's what Jesus did for us.
He came to the market place where we have been slaves to
And He paid the price for all our sins, where He forgave us and set us free.
There is the story of the father and son who worked for months to build a toy sailboat.
Every night when he came home from work, the man and his boy would disappear into the garage for hours.
When the boat was finished they stood back to admire the results.
The wooden hull was painted bright red and it was trimmed with gleaming white sails.
When it was finished the boy went to a nearby river for the boat's trial run.
The father had tied a string to its stern to keep it from sailing too far.
The boat performed beautifully, but the string broke and the sailboat drifted out of sight.
Attempts to find it were fruitless.
A few weeks later, as the boy was walking home from school he passed a store and was amazed to see his sailboat in the window.
He ran inside to claim the boat, telling the owner he lost the boat.
The store owner said, "You may have it back -- for $50."
The boy was stunned at how much it would cost him to regain his boat, but since it was so precious to him he quickly set about earning the money to buy it back.
Later he joyfully walked into the toy store and handed the owner $50 in exchange for his sailboat.
It was the happiest day of his life.
As he left the store he held the boat up to the sunlight.
Its colors gleamed as though newly painted.
"I made you, but I lost you," he said.
"Now I've bought you back.
REDEMPTION COMPARED WITH:
Justification -- is where a sinner stands before God but is declared righteous (forgiven).
Forgiveness -- is when a sinner stand before God, but the debt of sin has been canceled.
Adoption -- is when a sinner stands before God as a stranger, but is made a son.
Reconciliation -- is where a sinner stands before God as an enemy, but is made a friend.
Redemption -- is where a sinner stands before God as a slave, but receives freedom.
*FIRST -- THE REDEEMER *
*Ephesians 1:7 *
*In him** we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace *
Who is our redeemer?
Jesus Christ is.
Jesus is the redeemer.
*SECOND -- THE REDEEMED *
*Ephesians 1:7 *
*In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace *