Week1. Wednesday: Redeemed & Forgiven
PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.
READ: Ephesians 1:7-10
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words
Redemption (Greek: apolytrōsis): to be bought back at a price (1 Corinthians 6:20)
Our salvation is free to us, but Jesus paid the ultimate price.
God bought us back through the perfect sacrifice of the cross.
Forgiveness (Greek: aphesis): to release from bondage, to pardon (Luke 4:18)
Forgiveness does not take away the fact that we are guilty.
Forgiveness takes away the penalty of our sin.
However, the penalty did not go away, it was put on Christ.
Grace (Greek: charis): merciful kindness of God to save and keep us (Eph. 2:8-9)
Lavished (Greek: perisseuō): to exceed in measure with more left over (Romans 5:15)
Wisdom (Greek: sophia): knowledge that is acted upon (Luke 21:15)
Understanding (Greek: phronēsis): insight, leading to holy love
Made Known (Greek: gnōrizō): revealed thoroughly (John 15:15; Acts 2:28)
The Times (Greek: kairos): the ages, epoch (Mark 1:15)
This is about a time in the future when Christ returns.
When Christ returns, God will bring everything together.
Bring Unity (Greek: anakephalaioō): to sum up, bring together
APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?
Because of God’s grace, Jesus provided redemption and forgiveness to us. If we believe that we should not take it lightly. Jesus not only laid down His life, but also took all of our sins on Himself, paying all the debt we owed.
Are you living for the One who died so you can have life?
Is there any sin you’re not yet willing to give up? If so, why?
Maybe today you need to confess and seek forgiveness.
PRAY: Thank God and ask Him to help you live “according to His good pleasure.”