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Thought for the Day – 005

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Preached during the morning service on 26 March 2020 by .

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Ephesians 1:7 —
‘In Him we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.’
Recommended reading: Psalm 32
We turn our thoughts again to the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the
Ephesians, verses 3-14. As we consider these verses we see the many
wonders of our faith. I want to turn our attention to five of them during
the coming days.
Yesterday we began by considering the first wonder: the fact that we are
chosen. This morning we move to the second.
The second wonder is that we are forgiven (v.7).
If you examine the verse carefully, there are in fact three wonders packed
closely together. Let’s look at them briefly.
1. ‘In Him we have redemption through His blood.’ God not only chose
us, but bought us at a great cost to Himself. To ‘redeem’ is to buy back;
to release for a ransom. We are redeemed from the curse of the law
(Galatians 3:13). We are rescued from the death penalty due to our guilt.
The law says ‘we are condemned’. God says ‘we are His children’, but at a
price (1 Corinthians 6:20). The price is the blood of His Son.
2. ‘…the forgiveness of our sins.’ Psalm 32 begins with these words, ‘Blessed
is he whose transgression is forgiven.’ Those words are like a millstone
removed from around our necks; like a heavy burden lifted from our backs.
This morning our sins are buried at the bottom of the deepest ocean; they
have been carried as far as the east is from the west, and there is no end
to either. Our sins will never be remembered again. That includes all our
past sins, our present sins, and the sins we commit until the day we leave
this earthly scene. The blood of Jesus covers them all.
3. ‘…according to the riches of His grace.’ Notice that there is no mention of
love in this verse. Neither is there any mention of mercy. It is all of grace.
Love travels in three directions. God first demonstrated His love to us;
then we show our love to Him; and finally we express it to others.
Mercy goes in two directions. God has shown mercy to us, and we can show
mercy to others. We cannot under any circumstance show mercy to God.
As for grace, it flows in only one direction and that is downwards from the
throne of God to unworthy sinners like us. God’s grace is unmerited; we
have done nothing to deserve it. It is unearned; we have done nothing
to achieve it. It is totally undeserved; who is worthy of such a gift as this?
‘Oh how the grace of God amazes me! It loosed me from my bonds and
set me free.’
God is full of wonders, and He gives them unconditionally to all who
repent and turn to Him.

Great God of wonders! all Thy ways
Are matchless, godlike and divine;
But the fair glories of Thy grace,
More godlike and unrivalled shine:

In wonder lost, with trembling joy,
We take the pardon of our God,
Pardon for sins of deepest dye,
A pardon sealed with Jesus’ blood:

O may this strange, this matchless grace,
This godlike miracle of love,
Fill the wide earth with grateful praise
And all the angelic hosts above:

Who is a pardoning God like Thee?
Or who has grace so rich and free?

Samuel Davies, 1723-1761
CCLI – 1050955