Today's reading: Ephesians 1-3
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and insight. Ephesians 1: 7-8 NRSV [One period removed by me between us and with.]
What imagery concerning the forgiveness of our sins!
Redemption through his blood: picture Jesus hanging on the cross, the blood freely flowing from this wrists and ankles.
Forgiveness of our trespasses: we have gone into territory that we are not allowed into, yet we are not fined or imprisoned. We are forgiven. Our sins are wiped clean!
According to the riches of his grace: I see piles of gold, platters of food, comfortable chairs and pitchers of good drinks: that is God's grace richly provided for us.
That he lavished on us: The word lavish says to me that this is a gift that is given and more than enough is given. In fact, so much is piled upon me that I am astounded at the gift!
With all wisdom and insight: This was not a last-minute decision not did we just happen to catch God at the right time. God used all of God's wisdom and insight to give us forgiveness of sins! This was a planned thing, not a spontaneous action. Since verses 3-14 of this chapter were originally one long sentence, I just had to take out the period as this makes more sense going with the forgiveness of our sins.
God, thank you for Christ and his redemptive blood. We are grateful for your lavish grace and all your wisdom and insight. We praise you! In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims