Apostle Paul: Epistle to the Ephesians

In the Epistle to the Ephesians we see Paul revealing a mystery to both Jew and Gentile. In times past, Paul persecuted the saints even unto death, but the Lord chose Paul to reveal the mystery that had been previously hidden in God. Paul revealed God’s plan unto the Gentiles - they too would be accepted in the beloved. The walls had been broken down; no longer would there be a division amongst God’s people.

Through the redeeming power of our Lord’s shed blood, He once and forever paid the price for sin. Paul explains that by love and the grace of God we have been accepted through the shed blood. Paul tells the saints that we are no longer to be under the law. We are no longer outside the gate. We now have a mediator, a Great High Priest, who has interceded and still intercedes for us at the right hand of God.

The Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin

Luke 15:1-10


Consider first the publicans and sinners (see Luke 16-24). The accusation comes in Luke 15:2, “this man receiveth sinners.” Note that the previous events that had taken place revolved around the woman and the city (see Luke 7). See also the story of Matthew the tax gatherer. It was the accusation of verse 2 that prompted the parable.

When the Lord spoke of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son, He was describing the “publicans” and “sinners.” The parables are designed to show the activity of the Godhead in the salvation of the lost through the suffering Savior, the lost coin, the seeking Spirit, and the singing Father.

There were three things that stood out in the first parable:

    1. The valve of a soul

    2. The love of the shepherd

Chapter 2: Redemption

Let us now consider the second great word: Redemption. This comes before us in the first Epistle of Peter, chapter 1, verses 18 to 21.

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you. Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

The word “redemption” is one that runs all through the Bible; in fact, we can say without any suggestion of hyperbole that it is the great outstanding theme of Holy Scripture. This important truth runs through the Book like the proverbial red strand that, we are told> runs through the cordage of the British navy. Everywhere, from Genesis right on to Revelation, you find God in one way or another presenting to us the truth of redemption—redemption in promise and in type in the Old Testament; redemption in glorious fulfillment in the New Testament.

What do we mean when we use the term “redemption”? Ordinarily, and in Scripture too, the word means to buy back, to repurchase something that has been temporarily forfeited; or, it means to set free, to liberate, as we speak of redeeming one from slavery; or, it means to deliver, as to redeem one from some grave danger.

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