In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (Ephesians 1:7). It's in the beloved son of God that we have redemption, and the redemption and the forgiveness of sin through his blood.
There are two things we have here, and they are, redemption, the forgiveness of sin, and both are through his blood.
To understand our text, we need to know the function of our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins, and the blood of Christ. Even though they all work together, yet we need to understand their separate functions.
The Greek word translated 'redemption' means the act of full ransom, which is riddance of sin.
The Greek word translated, 'forgiveness' means freedom. We have known forgiveness to show that our wrong no longer held against us, but few of us know forgiveness as freedom from the act of error. Freedom from sin means sin no longer has power over the said victors.
The blood is the life, and the life is the life of the flesh.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. (Leviticus 17:11).
In the above text, we have another essential word, atonement. The term 'atonement' means to cover. Understand, in Christ, God got rid of our sinful flesh, but we continue to walk in the awareness because the sinful flesh remains in our view.
The 'atonement' is the removal of sinful flesh from our perspective. As long as sinful flesh remains as our view, the knowledge of the flesh will remain, and we will continue to walk after the flesh. It is in the atonement that the knowledge of sinful flesh erased from our consciousness.
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. (Hebrews 10:2).
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14).
We are free from sin, and God has already removed us from the bondage of sin, but our soul needs the covering of the life of Christ. The cover of Christ comes with the knowledge of God. The knowledge of good and evil is the knowledge we receive as we walk after the flesh. It's the knowledge of good and bad, but the good is on the level of human standards.
The problem is that God is the only source of life. The knowledge of God is life to all of our flesh. And we cannot have the good without the bad. Both the good and the bad are products of the knowledge of human flesh.
And the knowledge of good and bad is broad; many things come under the description of good and evil. Human goodness falls short of the person of God, and it's in the person of God that we find life.
Thus, it's through the atonement or cover that our redemption and forgiveness of sin go into effect. It's while we look not at the things that are seen, but at the things that are not seen. For if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, and old things are passed away, and behold, look, and all things become new; and all things are of God who himself has changed us in Christ Jesus.
The good news is that you are free from sin, and God moved your sinful flesh from you when Christ he raised from the dead. In Christ, You Have Redemption.
James R Manning