Ephesians 1:3-14

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (v7)

“There are some things money can’t buy – but these days, not many” according to Michael Sandel, author of What Money Can’t Buy. A person can buy a prison – cell upgrade for $90 a night, the right to shoot an endangered black rhino for $250,000, and your doctor’s cell phone number for $1,500. It seems that “almost everything is up for sale.”

But one thing money can’t buy is redemption –freedom from the strangle-hold of sin. When the apostle Paul began writing about the rich nature of God’s plan of salvation through Jesus, his heart erupted in praise: “In him we have redemption through his blood, the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us” (Eph 1:7-8)

Jesus’ death on the cross was the high cost of delivering us from sin. And only He could pay that price because He was the perfect Son of God. The natural response to such free but costly grace is spontaneous praise from our hearts and commitment to the God who brought us through Jesus (1:13-14) “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,

who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”

Praise to our loving God – He has come to set us free.

PRAYER LINE: What amazing love You have for us, heavenly Father. That You gave Your Son who willingly died in our place. It seems too good to be true. Thank You!

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Only Jesus’ death could purchase our freedom.

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