April 15, 2010

Ephesian 1:7:" In Him" & "THROUGH his Blood"

Ephesians 1:7 (New International Version)

7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace


Ephesians 1:7 (Amplified Bible)

7 In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor,


Ephesians 1:7 (The Message)

7-10Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we're a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds.


There must be a reason that it is read through  His blood, and not "by his blood". These are the jots, and the tittles (Matthew5:18), the dashes and the strokes of ink, that change, for example, an "O" into a "Q".
This is the basis of studying to show one self approved, a workman that need not be ashamed- yet I digress.


Here in verse 7 of Ephesians 1 Paul writes that the payment for our transgressions is In Him  & through his blood
The first thought that comes to my mind is the Red Sea.  Hmmm...


It was the Red Sea that surrounded the Hebrews making the demarcation between their past  (Egypt) and their future (Promised Land). The Red Sea covered the source of their bondage, the egyptians, and they emerged free of Egypt.


Christians generally regard Egypt as the analogy for wordliness, or sin. So the Hebrews turned away from  Egypt ( worldliness and sin) and then Egypt ( worldliness and sin) is washed away in the Red Sea. Literally.


Now Paul says we have redemption, THROUGH THE BLOOD, the RED SEA,of Jesus Christ. And this redemption THROUGH THE Blood is In Him. Who is Him? JESUS!


I am certain them going through the RED SEA  was not a coincidence. Being surrounded by the waters- a coincidence? I mean, really? We do serve an intelligent, all powerful, all present, all knowing God. A God is who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. A God who does not contradict himself, yet constantly confirms himself, through his OWN WORD.


The water baptism becomes this sea of Red. The Blood of [the God-indwelling body of] Christ is activated by his glorified and manifested (revealed) name Yeshua ( Jesus). This name removes the stain of sin from our lives. When a lost soul repents, or turns away from sin, sin may run hard after them. But the shed blood of Jesus, redeems us, draws a line, enabling us to emerge free from that bondage. It prepares us for the active working of the Holy Spirit in us, as we walk toward the promise, destroying all the "ites" in our path, determined to derail us from our destiny.


Many things in life may be uncertain, yet one thing must be certain; your sins have been washed away "in Him" [Jesus] "through the blood" of the lamb, and you are forever free.
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In times like these you need a Savior
In times like these you need an anchor
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock
(Refrain )
This Rock is Jesus, Yes He's the One
This Rock is Jesus, the only One
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock
2.
In times like these you need the Bible
In times like these O be not idle
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock
3.
In times like these I have a Savior
In times like these I have an anchor
I'm very sure, I'm very sure
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock
- The Solid Rock, Ruth C. Jones

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