Ephesians 1

In the king, and through his blood, we have deliverance –that is, our sins have been forgiven –through the wealth of his grace which he lavished on us.

Here Paul is showing how God is at work all along to rescue and restore all of creation. There is a shadow that runs through what he says that points back to the Exodus of God’s people out of slavery in Egypt. Led by Moses, the Hebrews escape death by putting the blood of the lamb on their door frame.

When Jesus comes along this happens again, only on a much greater scale, indeed a cosmic scale because all of creation is being restored. All people, not just the Hebrews, are delivered. Only this time, instead of escaping from Pharaoh, all people are rescued from slavery to the worst taskmaster of all- sin. That which enslaves us and keeps us from God. This great deliverance from sin is, of course, forgiveness, and it comes to us because of the blood of Jesus, the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.

Do you see how God is telling his story all along? Jesus is the greater and more expanding exodus who is for all people.


Knowing your sins are forgiven is meant to be freeing. When have you been forgiven by someone that brought this sense of freedom?

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