The Verse of the Day for April 4, 2016 is taken from Ephesians 1:7 in the New Living Translation:
He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.
The message is magnified in the Amplified Bible:
In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor,
Listen to a devotional based on Ephesians 1:7 written by Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Britain’s best known preacher of the latter half of the 19th Century.
Ephesians 1:7 makes known that we, as believers, have “the redemption,” that is we have been bought back from the power, guilt, and penalty of sin with all of its deadly consequences.
Colossians 1:14 (NKJV) also reiterates the same message regarding the accomplished work of Jesus Christ:
in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:20 reveals that through Christ, humanity has been reconnected to God:
and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
The means whereby we have redemption as a present reality is “through his blood,” as Romans 5:9 reminds us:
Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath.
Romans 3:25 in the Amplified Bible reinforces this message:
whom God displayed publicly [before the eyes of the world] as a [life-giving] sacrifice of atonement and reconciliation (propitiation) by His blood [to be received] through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness [which demands punishment for sin], because in His forbearance [His deliberate restraint] He passed over the sins previously committed [before Jesus’ crucifixion].
Jesus Christ is our complete Savior, in whom we have everything we need. As followers of Christ, we have been redeemed and delivered from the powers of darkness through the “soul cleansing blood of the Lamb” Listen to the moving lyrics of a series of songs: “the Blood Medley” by CeCe Winans: