WHAT IS LIFE SERIES?
THE GRACE CALLED REDEMPTION PART 4
- English: redemption
- 629. ἀπολύτρωσις, apolutrósis
- Meaning: release effected by payment of ransom; redemption, deliverance.
HELPS Word-studies 629 apolýtrōsis (from 575 /apó, “from” and 3084 /lytróō, “redeem”) – properly, redemption – literally, “buying back from, re-purchasing (winning back) what was previously forfeited (lost).”
629 /apolýtrōsis (“redemption, re-purchase”) emphasizes the distance (“safety-margin”) that results between the rescued person, and what previously enslaved them. For the believer, the prefix (575 /apó) looks back to God’s effective work of grace, purchasing them from the debt of sin and bringing them to their new status (being in Christ).
PART A: The Promise and Fulfilment of Jesus Christ
- 1. What has Jesus Christ blessed us with / for the believers?
- 2. The premise of these blessings
- 3. The purpose of these blessings
- 4. Why did Jesus Christ bless His believers?
1. What has Jesus Christ blessed us with / for the believers?
- Jesus has blessed believers with every spiritual blessings
- these spiritual blessings are to be received from the heavenly places through Jesus Christ Ephesians 1:3
- Jesus predestined believers to be adopted as sons to Himself, so son-Father relationship Ephesians 1:5
- Jesus has blessed believers with inheritance Ephesians 1:11
- Jesus works out all these by His own will Ephesians 1:11
2. The premise of these blessings
- Jesus chose the believers
- Jesus did not choose the believers in the present but from the past
- Jesus chose believers from creation Ephesians 1:4
- Jesus’ redemption of the believers
- redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ
- redemption is the forgiveness of sins Ephesians 1:7
- Jesus made known / revealed this grace to believers in practical ways for them to understand Ephesians 1:8
- Jesus revealed to believers the mystery of His will Ephesians 1:9
- Purpose of redemption:
- to gather all things as one Ephesians 1:10
- Purpose of redemption:
3. The purpose of these blessings
- so that believers would live a set-apart / dedicated lives
- this life is marked by holy living
- this life should be based on believer’s love for Jesus Christ Ephesians 1:4
- for believers to be the praise for His glory Ephesians 1:12
4. Why did Jesus Christ bless His believers?
- because of His good pleasure
- because of His glorious grace and favour Ephesians 1:6 (AMP)
- because of His will
- for Him to receive believer’s praise
- believers to praise Jesus for His grace
- because of His the richness of His grace Ephesians 1:7
PART B: The Response of the Believers of Jesus Christ
5. The believers’ response
- after hearing the gospel
- trusted in Jesus
- believed in Jesus Ephesians 1:13
6. The result of believers response
- Jesus sealed them with the Person of the Holy Spirit
- The Holy Spirit is the believers’ guarantee of Jesus’ redemption Ephesians 1:14
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both[a]which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who[b] is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:1-14
Paul, an apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed), by the will of God [that is, by His purpose and choice],
To the [a]saints (God’s people) [b]who are at Ephesus and are faithful and loyal andsteadfast in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 [c]Blessed and worthy of praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ, 4 just as [in His love] He chose us in Christ [actually selected us for Himself as His own] before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy [that is, consecrated, set apart for Him, purpose-driven] and blameless in His sight. In love 5 He predestined and lovingly planned for us to be adopted to Himself as [His own] children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the kind intention and good pleasure of His will— 6 to the praise of His glorious grace and favor, which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved [His Son, Jesus Christ]. 7 In Him we have redemption [that is, our deliverance and salvation] through His blood, [which paid the penalty for our sin and resulted in] the forgiveness and complete pardon of our sin, in accordance with the riches of His grace 8 which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and understanding [with practical insight] 9 He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, 10 with regard to the fulfillment of the times [that is, the end of history, the climax of the ages]—to bring all things together in Christ, [both] things in the heavens and things on the earth. 11 In Him also we have [d]received an inheritance [a destiny—we were claimed by God as His own], having been predestined (chosen, appointed beforehand) according to the purpose of Him who works everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him as our Lord and Savior] would exist to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him, you also, when you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation, and [as a result] believed in Him, were stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit [the One promised by Christ] as owned and protected [by God]. 14 The Spirit is the [e]guarantee [the first installment, the pledge, a foretaste] of our inheritance until the redemption of God’s own[purchased] possession [His believers], to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:1-14 (AMP)
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