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Ephesians, Chapter One, Lesson Three

REDEMPTION IN CHRIST            Page 2
V. 6 (Cont'd.)

** How did we receive this grace?

We received it "in the Beloved". Herein lies the transition for us from the Father to the Son. Remember last week we saw that we received our "adoption as sons through Jesus Christ". Now we are going to learn how we have benefited from what Jesus was willing to do for us.

V. 7 ** In verse seven, what is our next blessing which we also have "in Him"?

We have redemption!

** What does the term redemption mean?

apolutrosis - lit. to release on payment of ransom.

** From what were we being released?

Slavery or bondage to sin! cf. John 8:34, Romans 3:10-11 and Romans 7:14

** To what extent was this bondage or power of sin over God's creation?

It did not stop with mankind, but corrupts all of creation. All see - Romans 8:18-22 (V.21)

** Back in our text for today, how did we get out of this slavery?

We were redeemed "through His blood".

** Why was that necessary?

Scripture demands the shedding of blood in order to provide the forgiveness of God.
cf. Hebrews 9:22

It also calls for the shedding of blood to provide for our redemption as well.
cf. Hebrews 9:11-12

** Our verse seven then adds "the forgiveness of our trespasses" to our redemption, all gained "through His blood". How would you describe the difference between redemption and forgiveness?

It is because of our redemption, paid for by Jesus Christ, that we been set free from the bondage of sin. cf. Galatians 5:1, Romans 8:15

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