When something wonderful happens in life, our joy and happiness gets elevated. But overtime when we get used to it, the same things which gave us that joy starts to fade away in value. As a consequence we fail to appreciate all the blessings we have in life. Think about it, we realize the value of good health only when we fall sick, we appreciate all that we have only when we are in need of those blessings. God has blessed us with all that we need but overtime we tend to take it for granted. When we count the blessings in our life, it makes us grateful and helps us to live in content. This is true for spiritual blessings as well. In previous post(Blessings Part 1), we saw the blessings God has shown to us through Christ – Chosen, adopted and accepted. In this post, we will continue to rediscover the riches which God has showered on us.
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 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. – Ephesians 1:7-12
In him we have redemption, what exactly is this redemption? We use this word very often nowadays in the context of redeeming coupons in stores. But it has more deeper meaning when we look this in historical context. Think about the times of slave trading. People bought other people as slaves and owned them for lifetime. If they have to be free, someone should pay the price to their master and then set them free. This is redemption.
Paul tells us that we have redemption in Christ. We were once slaved by sin and walked as directed by the master. There was no hope for us. Jesus paid the price and bought us. He then gave us the freedom. We are now free and don’t have the obligation to live our life controlled by sin. What was the price? Bible says the price of sin is death. Yes, Jesus paid that price by giving his life in the cross. He gave his blood as a sacrifice for our sins to liberate us and his blood covered all our sins. If we realized this redemption, don’t we have to take hold of such a blessing and be grateful to our redeemer? Are we walking joyfully in this freedom?
By this redemption, we have forgiveness of sins. When we become a new creation in Christ, ours sins have been forgiven and forgotten. A lot of us have problem with this, even when God forgave our sins, we are still holding the sin’s against ourselves. What ever the sin might be, when we trust in Jesus, his blood is more than enough for covering our sins. God by his grace, not just grace, according to the riches of his grace forgave us. Think about it, how rich is God’s grace? There is no limit for this grace and we are in no position to limit his grace and make it finite with our thinking. We have to let go of the past and walk into our inheritance with confidence through Christ.
When God removed our sins as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12), we don’t have to beat ourselves for the forgiven sins and miss to enjoy the wonderful blessings God has given us. When we confess our sins, God according to the riches of his grace cleanses us from our sins through Jesus Christ. This do not warrant a pass to continue to live in the old sinful life. If we are born again, we will not be living in the same old sinful life and holy spirit will convict and show us the sin in our life to restore us.
God gives us his wisdom and insight in abundance to understand and walk in the will of God. When going through the trails in life, we may feel overwhelmed and lost without this wisdom from God. James said that God will give us the wisdom we need without any limit when we ask him in faith (James 1:5). God purposed all these blessings in his will so that when the end of times come, after Jesus returns and reign eternally, we will be part of his kingdom. What a blessing it is going to be! We have this inheritance to eternal life through Jesus Christ. Do we live in this confidence and anticipation?
It is amazing to come to know that this part of the text from Ephesians 1:3-14 is one single sentence in the original text. What a proof that holy spirit was writing this through Paul. We have all these blessings in Christ – Chosen, adopted, accepted, redeemed, forgiven, wisdom & prudence, inheritance to eternal life and more. It is worth reminding ourselves of what we have which will fill us with confidence, joy and praise to God. Are we enjoying our blessings in Christ?