“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7)
We’ve been taking time these last several weeks to dwell on the new identity we have if we are found in Christ. Scripture shares that the True You is Accepted, Loved, Forgiven, and Adopted. But all of us know deep down we’re flawed. We’ve missed the mark. Why would a good and holy God want to adopt such flawed people who can’t seem to get it right? The answer is simple, but goes beyond human reason. The True You has been Redeemed.
Redemption is such beautiful imagery in the Bible because it doesn’t just mean we’ve been saved, it also means we’ve been bought back with a price. What price? The answer is all over Scripture, but Ephesians 1:7 says, “In him [Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” The price that was paid was the blood of Christ, shed on the cross for us. For me. For you. The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). And the death that paid for every single one of your sins–past, present, and future–was the death of Jesus. That’s how God redeemed us.
I don’t know about you, but that gives a lot of weight to those words, “according to the riches of his grace.” So what do we do now that we know The True You has been redeemed? Paul writes in another letter saying, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, emphasis added).
Jesus bought us back from the grips of death and hell to live for Him. It’s not about trying to measure up to the amazing riches He shows us on a daily basis. It’s about embracing your identity in Him, and living your life in gratitude for what He’s done.
If you consider yourself a Christian, would you say you’re living your life as a redeemed child of God? And if you haven’t accepted Christ as your Savior yet, what’s holding you back? He’s waiting with open arms to adopt you into His family, to let you discover who you really are in Him: The True You.