We had looked at God’s Plan and his choosing of us before the world’s foundation. Now we look at God’s Great Provision In Christ he has made to redeem us.
We saw that in the Godhead, all things are “of” The Father. Everything is “by” the Son and then the The Holy Spirit implements these things and brings them into reality. Since all things are “OF” the Father, it was He who PLANNED the great scheme of salvation, (Eph 1: 3 to 5) ! Since all things God does are “by” the Son, it was He who came to earth and in awesome love went to the cross and accomplished that salvation. MAKING THE PROVISION for men and women to be saved according to the Father’s will..
The wonderful provision of our eternal salvation was made by Christ in His coming to earth to redeem us and is succinctly stated in Ephesians chapter one, verse seven.
Eph 1: 7 – in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
The Son of God Jesus, in His wonderful love and grace, at an awesome cost, redeemed us from our sins through His blood shed on the cross of calvary, (1 Pet. 1:18-19).
1 Pet. 1:18-19 – knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers; but with precious blood, as of a lamb without spot, [even the blood] of Christ:
Redemption and forgiveness are actually two ends of one thing. Because Jesus has accomplished redemption for our offenses on the cross ,we receive forgiveness the very moment we believe in Christ. Although redemption was accomplished on the cross when Christ shed His blood, it was not applied to us at that time. The application did not take place until we believed in Christ and made confession to the righteous God. At that very moment, the Spirit of God applied to us the redemption Christ had accomplished on the cross. Hence, redemption is the accomplishment, and forgiveness is the application.
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