Sermon: Particular Redemption Ephesians 1:7

February 4, 2018

Summary

Sermon: Particular Redemption  Ephesians 1:7
Does God try to save his people or does God save his people.  Redemption + something; is Christ’s redemption not sufficient?  Redemption is actual, the purchasing of his people from the depths of sin, death and bondage.  This payment satisfies the wrath of God and brings forgiveness of sins.
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 By: Bryan Walker Given on: 2/4/2018  Sermon plays on KWHW 93.5 FM on: 2/18/2018
 
Notes:
 
Ephesians 1:3-8 NASB  
 
    • In context, building statements from the saints in verse 1
    • What is redemption?
 
RedemptionThe repurchase of captured goods or prisoners; the act of procuring the deliverance of persons
 
    • Redemption is an act of God, in Christ, according to Grace
        • We don’t make the payment
        • We don’t apply the payment
        • God accomplished everything in Christ on the cross
    • The saints were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world
        • Redemption was always the pre-determined plan of God
            • God is not figuring things out as he goes
        • The Cross was ordained by God
        • In order for the cross to be ordained, so was the reason for it
        • The wicked men who crucified Christ
Proverbs 16:4 ESV  
 
Romans 9:17 ESV  
 
    • Just as the cross was a real event the payment is real
        • It’s not a deposit or a lay away plan
    • The payment was the blood of Christ, given for us
        • This blood means the life of Christ
        • Calling it the blood ties this to the Old Testament sacrafices
 
Leviticus 17:11 NASB  
 
    • VERY IMPORTANT:  
    • If you have been bought by God, through the blood of Christ, is there any power stronger than this?
        • Is there any reason the blood of Christ CAN NOT redeem you?
        • If the price is paid, what claim can the enemy have?
        • Do you NOT have confidence in the sufficiency of the blood?
    • Today’s weak and dangerous teachings.
        • It’s the blood and something else
            • The blood and your actions
            • The blood and your morality
            • The blood and your will
        • You can either accept or reject the blood of Christ?
        • Is the payment being made to you? NO!  For you!
        • Are you the one making the payment? NO!
        • We are not involved in the transaction OTHER THAN, the sin we have committed.
 
Exodus 13:13 NASB  
    • You pay the redemption price for your first born
        • What do they contribute?
        • What choice do they have?
            • Should I redeem my child is a ridiculous question to ask.
            • What about my child’s free will is also a ridiculous question
                • A parent makes many decisions on behalf of the child without consulting their will
                    • Maybe I would offend my child’s will if I feed him
                    • Maybe my child wants to go naked but I clothe him
                • God paid the price for his sons and daughters’
 
Ephesians 1:5 NASB  
 
    • Jesus redeemed the WHOLE WORLD is a ridiculous statement
    • If the WHOLE WORLD was redeemed; none would suffer wrath
        • If he redeemed the whole world; why do many suffer wrath?
        • Christ’s blood is not enough, Christ’s blood plus something.
        • It is up to you to apply it???
            • Where are we active in this text?
                • V.3 God blessed us
                • V.4 God chose us before the foundations
                • V.5 God predestined us, through Christ
                • V.5 God’s will
                • V.6 God’s grace
                • V.7 Redemption and forgiveness, By God, in Christ
                • V.8 God lavished grace upon us
                • V. 9 He made his will known
                • V.9 God’s intentions, His purpose
                • V.11 By Him we have obtained and inheritance
                • V.11 predestined according to His purpose
                • V.11 God works, after the counsel of His will
            • Here we are in verse 13
(13)  In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,
 
    • So what did we do?
        • We heard the message of truth
        • We believed
            • Why did we believe??? – heart, eyes and ears!
 
Deu_29:4  But to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear.
Mat_11:15  He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Luk_8:8  And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
 
    • Redemption, our debt owed to God
        • This was a real debt with a real price our life
            • The payment was made by the blood of Christ
            • He laid down his life for our life
        • God provided and applied the payment owed to himself
 
Matthew 20:28 ESV  
 
Ephesians 5:25 NASB  
 
John 10:15 NASB  
 
Acts 20:28 NASB  
 
    • Why labor the point?
        • Did Christ die to make salvation possible?
        • Then none can be secure in their faith
        • Salvation is ultimately dependent upon us.
        • Or did Christ die to secure salvation for many
 
We hold-we are not afraid to say that we believe-that Christ came into this world with the intention of saving “a multitude which no man can number;” and we believe that as the result of this, every person for whom He died must, beyond the shadow of a doubt, be cleansed from sin, and stand, washed in blood, before the Father’s throne. We do not believe that Christ made any effectual atonement for those who are forever damned; we dare not think that the blood of Christ was ever shed with the intention of saving those whom God foreknew never could be saved, and some of whom were even in Hell when Christ, according to some men’s account, died to save them.  Charles Spurgeon, (Sermon No. 181), February 28, 1858
 
Redemption that results in the forgiveness of our trespasses
 
    • This redemption accomplishes forgiveness
    • Redemption is the act of freeing the captive
        • Forgiveness is the result of redemption
        • What sins?
        • All sins, past, present, and to come
        • Our sins are like gloomy chains of darkness
        • Forgiveness is breaking the chains of slavery to sin
        • Setting the captive free
    • My sins are too great (trap)
        • Surely God won’t “just” forgive my sins?
        • What must I do to earn forgiveness?
        • Christs blood is more than sufficient
    • My sins are little and few (trap)
        • Lack of understanding concerning the Holiness of God
        • Lack of reverent fear of God
            • Every sin is a treasonous act assaulting God’s authority
            • Adam and Eve did not make a mistake
                • They violated God’s command
                • Even sins against one another are sins against God
 
Psalms 51:1-4 ESV  
 
    • Do we ask forgiveness, Absolutely!
    • Are we to believe in Christ, Absolutely!  
        • How do we know how to ask?
        • How do we know if we asked in the proper manner?
        • How do we know if we have true repentance?
        • How can I be sure my sins are forgiven?
    • David didn’t go to God and say you MUST forgive me.
        • He went with a broken heart.
    • We can look back at David’s situation
        • Is there any doubt about David’s forgiveness?
    • How is David forgiven?
        • God’s redemption through Christ.
        • Jesus Christ paid the price for David (Goliath?)
    • We are also sons and will stand before God spotless
        • The price has been paid
        • We might not always “feel” it but we must know it!
        • The accuser, will use this to assault you
 
according to the riches of His grace  (8)  which He lavished on us
 
    • According to the Law, each of us deserves wrath
    • According to His grace, we are cleansed
    • This is the greatest gift we can receive
    • He lavished on us – over and above, full, overflowing
These verses focus on what God has done vs. what we must do.

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