Scripture:
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” Ephesians 1:7

Observation:
Paul, the writer of Ephesians, was Jewish. The rhythms of Jewish thinking and writing were rich with parallelism which can be seen in this verse. “Redemption” is parallel to “forgiveness of our trespasses,” while “His blood” is parallel to “riches of His grace.” Our redemption is expressed specifically in the forgiveness of our trespasses. His blood is the specific expression of the riches of His grace. Sin is forgiven which results in redemption. This is accomplished through His blood as an expression of the limitless sources of God’s grace.

Application:
We like to talk about redemption and God’s grace. We don’t always like to talk about our trespasses and His blood. When I lose sight of what my redemption cost and the trespasses/sin that inspired the cost, I lose sight of God in my thought life which results of losing sight of God in my daily life. Instead of living in Him I end up loving with Him. Jesus didn’t come to die and rise again to be with me, but to be in me, and me in Him.

Prayer:
Lord, I know I’m not supposed to focus on my past, present, nor future sin, but on the fact that it’s all been forgiven. That was made possible by your blood on the cross for me. Your grace toward me knows no limits. Forgive me for the times when I lose sight of these things and focus on myself. I don’t want to live with you, but in you. More than that I want you to live in and through me. Thank you for my redemption. Thank you for your grace. Amen.

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