Sermon #1559 Miscellaneous Sermons
Title: “In Whom We Have Redemption”
Text: Ephesians 1:1-7
Subject: Redemption By The Blood Of Christ
Thursday Evening —
Let’s turn to a very familiar portion of Holy Scripture — Ephesians1. This passage of Scripture is familiar to us because it is precious. It is precious to us because it sets before us the wondrous works of God’s free and sovereign grace by which we are saved, works of grace accomplished by our all-gracious God in covenant mercy in Christ before the world began. Our text will be verses 1-7.
Verse 1 — “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will
of God, to the saints which are at
Verse 2 — “Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Verse 3 — “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.”
Verse 4 — “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him.”
Verse 5 —”In love, having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.”
Verse 6 — “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”
Verse 7 — “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”
Now, let’s focus our attention on this seventh verse. I want to talk to you about redemption, the redemption we have, redemption by Christ. Our all-glorious Christ is that one of whom Paul says, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”
Redemption presupposes a very grave situation. It presupposes captivity, bondage, and slavery. Were we not a fallen, captive, enslaved race, there would be no need for redemption. But God’s elect, like all other people, are all children of wrath by nature. We were born…
1. In captivity to sin (Psa. 58:3).
2. In bondage to Satan.
3. Under the curse of the law.
Redemption is the complete deliverance of chosen sinners from that captivity, bondage, and curse into the glorious liberty of the sons of God – by the purchase of His blood and the power of His grace.
Redemption is the theme of the Bible. It is promised, prophesied, portrayed, and proclaimed throughout the pages of inspiration. Everything in the Old Testament pointed to it. Everything in the New Testament explains and declares it. Everything in heaven has reference to it.
1. Redemption By Price – The Paschal Lamb.
By Power – The
3. Redemption By A Kinsman – Boaz.
4. Redemption By A Substitute (Isa. 53).
Redemption is the dominant theme of my thoughts in prayer, meditation, and worship. Redemption is the dominant theme of my praise and thanksgiving. Redemption is the dominant these of my conversations with men. And redemption is the dominant theme of my preaching.
E’er since by faith I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme
And shall be till I die!
If I did not preach redemption, I would not preach at all. I mean, if I did not preach redemption through his blood every time I stood to preach I would not pretend to be God’s preacher (1 Cor. 2:2).
Illustration: “Stay right here!”
“Redemption through his blood” is the one thing you must have. Without redemption you must perish. Someone must suffer for your sins. Someone must pay for your crimes — Either you or a Substitute. — But someone must pay. Your very conscience tells you that!
Proposition: I am here to tell you that redemption has been accomplished and purchased for chosen sinners through the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and all who trust him have it.
Divisions: I want to show you six things plainly declared in this verse of Holy Scripture about “redemption through His blood.”
1. The Purchaser of Redemption – “In Whom.”
2. The Objects of Redemption – “We.”
3. The Fact of Redemption – “We have.”
4. The Price of Redemption – “His blood.”
5. The Result of Redemption – “The forgiveness of sins.”
6. The Cause of Redemption – “The riches of His grace.”
I. The Purchaser of redemption is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Notice those first words, “In Whom.” All the blessings of God’s free grace for time and eternity are in Christ, “In Whom we have redemption through his blood!”
A. Christ is the Author of it.
B. He was called and appointed to be our Redeemer in eternity in the Covenant of Grace, and freely agreed to it (Psa. 40:6-8).
(Psa 40:6-8) “Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. (7) Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, (8) I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”
C. In the fullness of time he was sent to accomplish the redemption of a chosen multitude (Gal. 4:4-6).
(Gal 4:4-6) “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, (5) To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (6) And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”
D. Jesus Christ, as our near Kinsman, had the right and the ability to redeem us (Heb. 2:9-16).
(Heb 2:9-16) “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. (10) For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (11) For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, (12) Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. (13) And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. (14) Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; (15) And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (16) For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.”
And redemption is something Christ did,
by Himself alone, something He obtained without our aide, a work accomplished altogether outside
ourselves (Heb. ).
his own blood he entered once into the
1. Redemption is His – He did it! He obtained it! He owns it!
2. It resides in Him.
3. He is made of God unto us redemption by divine imputation (1 Cor. ).
(1 Cor -31) “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (31) That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
II. The objects of redemption are God’s elect, “we” who are actually redeemed!
Paul says, “In whom we have redemption through his blood.” Everywhere the Bible speaks about redemption, it speaks of it as an effectual work of Christ accomplished for a specific people (Isa. 53:8, 10-12; Gal. -14; Rev. 5:9).
(Isa 53:8) “He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.”
(Isa 53:10-12) “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. (11) He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. (12) Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
(Gal 3:13-14) “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: (14) That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
(Rev 5:9) “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;”
Who are the “we” in our text? Who are those people redeemed by the blood of Christ? We are not left to guess and speculate about this. Just read the chapter. It tells us exactly who the “we” are who have “redemption through his blood.”
A. All who were blessed in verse 3.
B. All who were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world in verse 4.
C. All who were “predestinated unto the adoption of children” in verse 5.
D. All who are “accepted in the Beloved” in verse 6.
E. All who are forgiven of all sin in verse 7.
F. All who have obtained the inheritance of grace in verse 11.
G. All who have faith in Christ in verse 13.
H. All who are sealed in grace by the Spirit of God and have the earnest of the inheritance in verse 14.
Universal redemption is universal non-sense! We preach an effectual Savior who has obtained and in whom we have an effectual redemption.
III. Third, Paul shows us the fact of redemption —”In whom we have redemption through his blood!”
Redemption is the present, everlasting possession of every believer. It is not something we hope to have. It is something we have right now! Being redeemed, I am right now and forever…
A. Freed from sin (Rom. ; 1 Pet. 4:1; 1 John 3:5).
(Rom ) “Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”
(1 Pet 4:1) “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;”
(1 John 3:5) “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.”
B. Freed from Satan’s power and dominion (Rom. 6).
C. Freed from the law (
(Rom 7:1-4) “Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? (2) For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. (3) So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. (4) Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.”
(Rom 8:1) “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
D. A possessor of everlasting life (Eph. ).
(Eph 1:11) “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:”
IV. Here is the price of our redemption – “His blood!” – “In whom we have redemption through his blood!” Let me talk to you about His blood for a minute.
A. His blood represents his life sacrificed for us – “The life of the flesh is in the blood.”
B. His blood is a man’s blood – Man sinned. Man must suffer!
C. His blood is God’s blood (Acts ).
) “Take heed
therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the
which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the
1. Infinite in merit!
2. Omnipotent in power!
3. Omnipresent in efficacy!
D. His blood is enough!
“Payment God cannot twice demand,
First at my bleeding Surety’s hand,
And then again at mine.”
D. His blood is covenant blood (Heb. ).
E. His blood is eternal blood (Rev. 13:8).
F. His blood is sprinkled blood (Heb. -14).
· In heaven!
· In your conscience!
H. His blood is assuring blood (Heb. -22).
(Heb 10:19-22) “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, (20) By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; (21) And having an high priest over the house of God; (22) Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”
No wonder Peter calls the blood of Christ, by which we were redeemed, “the precious blood of Christ!” The price of our redemption was His blood! “Ye are bought with a price…!”
V. The result of redemption is “the forgiveness of sins.”
Wherever there is redemption through his blood there is the forgiveness of sins. You cannot have one without the other.
A. Forgiveness was purchased for us by the blood of Christ.
B. Forgiveness is given to us upon the merit of his blood.
C. Forgiveness is ours in exactly the same sense that it is Christ’s. — He was released from the load and from the charge of sin when he had fully paid the debt of sin, and so are we.
1. God has forgiven us of all past sins.
2. He has forgiven us of all present sins.
3. He has forgiven us of all future sins.
· He has removed them from us (Psa. 103:12).
· He casts them into the depths of the sea.
· He blotted them out (Isa. 43:25).
He will not impute them to us (
· He has purged them away!
· He will not remember them against us forever!
· He will never deal with us any the less graciously because of our sins.
VI. The cause of redemption is “the riches of his grace.”— “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”
A. Grace planned it.
B. Grace provided it.
C. Grace performed it.
D. Grace applies it.
E. Grace will complete it – Resurrection!
F. Grace will have the praise of it.
Application: I call upon you to trust the Lord Jesus Christ our great Redeemer.
I press upon ;you and myself, my brothers and sisters, the claims of his blood (1 Cor. -20).
“‘Twas not to make Jehovah’s love
Towards the sinner flame,
That Jesus from His throne above
A suffering Man became.
‘Twas not the death that He endured,
Nor all the pangs He bore
That God’s eternal love procured,
For God was love before.
He loved the world of His elect
With love surpassing thought;
Nor will His mercy e’er neglect
The souls so dearly bought!
The warm affections of His breast
Towards His chosen burn,
And in His love He’ll ever rest,
Nor from His oath return.”
(Eph 1:3-7) “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: (4) According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: (5) Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, (6) To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (7) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”
(Rev 5:9-14) “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; (10) And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. (11) And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; (12) Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. (13) And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. (14) And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.”