We Have Forgiveness
Passage: Ephesians 1:7–1:8
This message was an exposition on Ephesians 1:7: “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.”
Here are some questions to help you in your devotions and study.
1. What does “redemption” mean and what does Jesus’ blood tell us about what we needed to be redeemed from?
2. How is our redemption and forgiveness “according to the riches of his grace” which he “lavished on us” (verse 8)? Why do you think Paul used words like “riches” and “lavished”? If you need further help, consider Hebrews 10:10-18.
3. The result of redemption is that “we have… the forgiveness of our sins”. What is so important about the word “have” (e.g., what would be the effect if “had” or “will have” was used)?
4. Do you functionally – in your day to day life – believe that you “have” forgiveness? Why or why not? What might your acceptance of or resistance to this truth say about Christ and His work on your behalf?
5. Spend time in prayer affirming to God that what He says is true: you have forgiveness! This is an expression of His Sons words on Calvary, “It is finished.” This is the only logical expression of the incredible value and purity of the blood of the righteous Son of God. Thank Him and ask Him to help you hold onto this truth and live as a redeemed person… living out of His forgiveness and freedom from condemnation through the power of the Holy Spirit.