7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He lavished on us.
I live in beautiful San Diego, California, yet I am not a native. I am originally a Nevada boy, then an Alaskan transplant, and now, for the last three years, I have been a Southern Californian with no plans to change that status for the foreseeable future. While there are many very good things about California (i.e. the weather, the professional sports teams, the weather, the variety of eating and shopping options, did I mention the weather?), there are also some not so great things (i.e. the traffic, the population density which causes the traffic, raging fires and earthquakes which close roads and cause more traffic, the way people drive due to the traffic, and the traffic).
In Paul’s long list of spiritual blessing that every believer has received, he speaks of an equally unfair redemption that actually works in our favor. Unlike the CRV where we get less than what it is worth, Christ has secured redemption for us who had no value in ourselves with His blood that has a value beyond calculation. We were enslaved to sin. It had mastery over everything we thought and did. Even if we tried to escape it, we had no choice but to obey its brutal tyranny. During the 1860’s the average slave was worth about $800 and could typically be freed with such a sum, but the price to buy us back from sin was an amount no human being could ever afford.
Christ is the ultimate recycler. He paid out for our freedom in His shame and solitude on the cross. Jesus took those who were beyond help, reached down into the endless purse of the riches of His grace, and exchanged the full sum required for our redemption and forgiveness. This is the lavish grace in which we stand today and every day into the future. No truly good thing has He withheld or will He withhold from us (Ps. 84:11, Jas. 1:17).
May we view our lives today as richly blessed by God because He forgave and redeemed us!