H148 - THIS IS GRACE - EPHESIANS 1:7
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace." - Ephesians 1:7
To speak of Jesus' blood was an important first-century way of speaking of Christ'sædeath. His death points to two wonderful truths- redemption and forgiveness. Redemption was the price paid to gain freedom for a slave (Leviticus 25-47-54). Through his death, Jesus paid the price to release us from slavery to sin. Forgiveness was granted in the OT times on the basis of the shedding of animals blood (Leviticus 17-11). Now we are forgivenæon the basis of the shedding of Jesus' blood - he died as the perfect and final sacrifice. (See also: Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:13; Colossians 1:20; Hebrews 9:22; 1 Peter 1:19).