“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7)
Yesterday (1/27) I wrote about how nothing is accidental with God and how Adam’s sin disappointed God –but it did not surprise Him. God’s plan for the redemption of the world was a plan adopted by the Father, Son and Holy Spirit long before the creation of the world. It was a plan that would not be cheap. In fact, this plan cost God His greatest treasure — His only Son. The point of yesterday’s message was that you and I are greatly blessed by the great plan of God developed in the past.
Look again at today’s verse (Ephesians 1:7). It says — “In Him we HAVE.” While the plan was developed in the past, God blesses us NOW because of our relationship with Jesus Christ.
We don’t live in the past. It has been said, “Yesterday has gone, tomorrow never comes, today is all that we have.” It is THIS MOMENT — the NOW that matters most.
The Bible teaches this principle in several places…
In Matthew 3, when Jesus came to be baptized by John the Baptist, John tried to prevent Him and said — “Me baptize YOU? It really should be the other way around!” But Jesus said to John, “Permit it to be so NOW (emphasis mine), for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15).
In John 12, Jesus is contemplating the horrors of the cross that was right before Him and He said, “NOW (emphasis mine) My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour” (John 12:27).
Read through John 15 and 16 and underline the number of times Jesus uses the word NOW as He talks with His disciples. There seems to be a great application of Jesus’ words to the lives that you and I are living NOW.
You see, if your faith only has a past and no present — it really isn’t faith at all. The plan of God was established and carried out long, long ago when Jesus came to this earth and died on the cross for our sins — but because of our faith in Christ — it is a power that is ours NOW!
I don’t have to wait to become one of His children. That blessing is mine in this present life. Paul said, “In Him we have redemption through His blood…” I don’t have to wait for that redemption — I HAVE IT!
That word “redemption” is the noun form of the verb “redeem.” In the Old Testament, “redeem” meant “to buy back.” It was originally a secular term that was used to describe the work God has done in saving you and me. When Paul says we HAVE this redemption — he is announcing it as a present reality — a NOW blessing.
Let me carry that thought one step farther. Paul goes on to say that because we have the redemption NOW — we have “the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
Do you get that? It’s a great truth that can transform your life.
We don’t just have forgiveness — we have forgiveness that is equal to the “riches of His grace.” In other words, no matter what I have done, no matter how horrible my sin, no matter how vile my actions, its forgiveness is possible because of the lavishly wonderful grace of God!
That is why Paul can rejoice while sitting in a prison cell. He not only is the recipient of the blessing of a past action of God in Christ — he has the blessing of God’s grace NOW!
I don’t know what you are going through today — but I do know that God’s grace is sufficient. It is not just something you experienced many years ago when you got saved — it is a wonderful blessing that you have right NOW.
Rejoice Christian! You can’t do anything about yesterday — it is past never to return. You can’t control tomorrow — it may not even come. The only time you have is NOW! Stop and thank God for the blessing of His grace for the “NOWS” of your life.
Have a great day.