Redemption through His Blood
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7, NASB95)
If you’ve been following these devotionals, you know that I have argued that the personal pronouns “we” and “us” are a reference to God’s chosen nation, Israel. So, Paul’s word that “we have redemption through His blood” is specifically to the Jew. While the theological truth is valid for Jew and Gentile, the word Redemption has a specifically Jewish connection. The word literally means “separated by ransom.” The ransom is “His blood” and was paid to the Law, to which the Jewish sinner was indebted because of law-breaking. In a sense, when we get a speeding ticket, we purchase our freedom from the law by paying a ransom to the law. The payment required by the Law of God was blood.
Why is this redemption specifically Jewish? Because the Jew was the only person under the jurisdiction of the Law. The Jew was ransomed, the Gentile was purchased (Acts 20:28), and both by the blood of Christ. Hebrews 9:13 says that the death of Jesus Christ was “for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant.” The only people on earth committing sins under the first covenant were those who were under that covenant: the Jews. But Gentiles are also in need of justification. Prior to the death of Christ they were “without hope in the world” because the first covenant was not for them. Christ redeemed the Jew and purchased the Gentile, through His blood. Both the Jew and the Gentile, if saved, can rejoice in the fountain filled with blood.
In His Grace;
Dr. Randy White
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