SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Scripture: Ephesians 1:7
Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace…” Forgiveness has a qualifier. Here we come into contact with another Greek word that appears in 12 of the 17 uses of af-es-is. That is the Greek word ha-mar-tia. This means sin or an offense in relationship to God with emphasis on guilt. The majority of the usage of af-es-is is forgiveness or remission. It is over the issue of the sin of Adam that brought man into slavery as a condition. The addition of ha-mar-tia implies the culmination of a process of deliverance from which even the record is expunged. This should help us understand why redemption is in the seventh position as a Sonship gift. The process of being declared blameless culminates in the knowing that our sin and mistakes are utterly gone through gift seven, redemption, even to the point of no record in God’s eyes. It makes the culmination of the process a complete transformation which is guaranteed by the Blood of Christ producing a new creation. Ephesians 1 brings the transformation process into a divine reality of God’s declaration that we are a new creation, as 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things become new.” The Amplified AMPC puts it this way, “Therefore if any person is ingrafted in Christ, the Messiah, he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old (precious moral and spiritual condition) has passed away. Behold the fresh and new has come.” We are born out of slavery to sin into freedom from sin! The declaration of remission finishes the process of redemption which is why it follows Sonship Gift number six, the blotting out of the transgression—it no longer exists! This is precisely what elevated Paul to his calling and destiny. Due to his depth of understanding of the Sonship truths God gave Paul the privilege of communicating the life-changing truth of the Epistles which became a pathway to radical change for all believers including us. Confidence before God is the fruit! Paul lived the rest of his life in this realm. Let’s consider the depth and fruitfulness of the treasure Paul produced. He was God’s scribe for much of the New Testament. It is time we lay hold of such anointed confidence toward our own personal destiny in Christ!