Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” There is so much foundation truth in this one verse. Through Jesus’ shed blood, He paid the full penalty of our sin. He was the perfect sacrifice. He redeemed or bought us back from satan’s sin-block, which bound us with no hope of ever being free.
Here is David’s testimony of redemption. Psalm 40:2-3 says, “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth–praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.”
Here is Job’s testimony. Job 19:25 says, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth.”
Let us proclaim our testimony and not keep silent! Psalm 107:2 says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.”
We were redeemed from destruction and forgiven ALL of our sins: past, present, and future. Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” In 1987 I was in Ecuador. I straddled the line between the north and the south. They meet, but the east does not. Amazing illustration to help us understand that we will never meet our sins again.
We are forgiven unequivocally and given His grace to forgive others AS we have been forgiven. Do we dare to withhold heart forgiveness from those who hurt us? Colossians 3:13 says, “Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”