Day 8 – Ephesians 1v7

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
Redemption is a very powerful word.  It essentially means the power to buy back what was yours by possessing a prior claim! In common usage we use the term to hawk or pawn an item of our possession in exchange for a short term loan.  There have been one or two times as a young married man with a young family, when things have been tight financially that I have been tempted to take my guitar in to a pawnshop for ready cash.  Fortunately my wife put the brakes on that idea and God always met our needs. If I had ignored my wife’s objection (not recommended!) I would have put up my guitar as collateral for a short term loan. The interest on such a loan is very high and there is always a clause in such a contract that the item deposited as collateral can only be redeemed in a set (normally short) period of time, usually thirty days! Not only would I have to redeem my guitar in that set time period, but I would also have to redeem my guitar at a much higher price than I had received for it.  So is the way of the world!
The practice of loan redemption is a precise parallel as to how Jesus Christ redeemed us.  The Bible makes it very clear that God is the Creator of the ends of the earth and all who dwell in it.  Adam was God’s highest creation, made in the very image of God, which included intelligence, creativity, free will and an eternal soul.  Adam and all his descendants belonged to God.  But Genesis records that Adam sold himself into slavery to the usurper Satan when he disobeyed God’s directive and placed his trust in Satan’s perverse counsel.  By doubting God’s Word and believing Satan’s lie Adam unwittingly swapped his allegiance and exchanged his privileged position as a son for that of a slave.
As soon as Adam fell God wrote out a contract between Himself, Adam and Satan which is clearly spelt out in Genesis 3v14-19, (see in the references below).  The wages and terms of that contract were a judgement on the act of treason, but that judgement was beautifully counter balanced by a redemption clause in Genesis 3v15 which stated that God would send a Deliverer through the seed of Eve.  The whole essence of that redemption clause was to reclaim what had been lost.  The clause stated that Satan would be able to inflict injury to the promised Deliverer but in so doing that this One would utterly defeat Satan in the process.  So at first sight this Genesis passage seems merely to be a pronouncement of judgement but it was much more than that, it is a Redemption Contract.  This contract also had a set time incorporated which was the birth of the Deliverer which is why Galatians 4v4-5 states, But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law (contract), to redeem those who were under the law (contract), that we might receive the adoption as sons.
That Deliverer, Jesus Christ, came into the world for one express purpose – to fulfil the terms of the Genesis 3 Redemption Contract and to pay a price that would far exceed the value of the exchange of payments that was made between Adam and Satan.  That price was to be the Son of God’s Own Blood, the most valuable asset in the Universe, an asset which in effect is priceless.  Such is the value that God has placed on us.  We deserve none of this; it has all been accomplished in accordance with God’s expressed will and purpose. Every Child of God has the same value to God the Father – Christ’s Blood.  The ramifications of this action are immense and time itself is insufficient to grasp its height and depth. In these continuing studies we will still only be able to begin to understand, but even in that understanding we will learn things that will fill us with awe and wonder – things which angels desire to look into. 1 Peter 1v12
Before we end today’s study let us consider this one aspect in relation to our redemption; SINCE we have all been redeemed back into God’s will by such an incredibly high price we should not only view ourselves but much more each other as people of great value, and as such treat one another with respect, sensitivity and generous amounts of grace. AND since redemption has at its core the purpose of forgiveness we must realise that when we hold a grudge against another believer we are actually disrespecting Christ’s redemption sacrifice. In fact to hold unforgiveness towards another is to consider our honour as more important than God’s honour. If God can forgive all who come to Him in faith, surely the very least we can do is forgive our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Heavenly Father, thank you for redeeming us at such a great price – the Blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Thank you that when the fullness of the time had come, You sent Your Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem us who were under the law, that so that we might receive the adoption as sons.  Help us in these studies to begin to grasp the height, depth, length and breadth of this amazing truth and help us daily to outwork this truth to others and especially to those who are of the household of God.
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life.  15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”  16 To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.”  17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.  18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field.  19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”
10 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you,  11 searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 12 To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven–things which angels desire to look into.
1 Peter 1
1 Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all,  2 but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father.  3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world.  4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,  5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.  6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”  7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Galatians 4
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.  10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Galatians 6

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