Today we will be looking at a few verses from Ephesians 1 that bring a lot of comfort as we see we have redemption, forgiveness and grace thanks to our belief in Jesus Christ.
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.
These verses start off with two little words, “in him”, but they say so much. Everything that follows is only possibly through Christ’s sacrifice and our faith in Him. “Redemption” comes from the Greek word “apolytrosis” which means “to release on payment of ransom, redeem”. “Of spiritual redemption, the rescuing of captives (sinners) from captivity (sin) through the payment of a ransom for them, that is, Christ’s death.” We have been redeemed by Christ and set free from our sins. Christ paid the price for all sins – those we have committed, those we are committing and those we will commit. There is NOTHING you can do, have done or will do that is not covered by Christ’s sacrifice.
It is His incomparable grace that allows us to be set free and forgiven. The Lord doesn’t dole out a little grace here and there, He lavishes us with His grace. Do you lavish others with the grace you have been given by the Lord or do you dole it out sparingly? I can remember a time when I knew I was going to be spending time with someone in my life who I have a very challenging relationship with and I spent time in prayer in preparation for the visit. I was praying the Lord would empower me to extend grace to this person and to not react unkindly, but rather extend grace. Then I read these verses and I was instantly convicted because I was asking the Lord to help me “extend” grace. In “extending” grace, I was planning to dole it out sparingly as I saw fit which really translates to extending it when I felt like it.
The Lord doesn’t empower us to merely extend grace, we can do that on our own. Instead, He empowers us to lavish others with His grace. This means we can show grace to anyone at anytime regardless of how we are treated or how we feel. Who does the Lord want to empower you to lavish with His grace today? Who needs to experience His grace through you? When we lavish others with His grace, they see Him in us. Find someone to lavish with His grace today!
- Scripture verses from http://www.biblegateway.com
- Greek definition from “The Key Word Study Bible”, AMG Publishers