Through His Blood
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:7
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, (ESV)
We are forgiven of all sin, past, present and future! This marvelous truth is proclaimed as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones gives this compelling and comprehensive exposition. While recognizing the distinction between redemption and the forgiveness of sins, Lloyd-Jones nevertheless says the forgiveness of sins is the first item of redemption. If the sinner does not have their guilt removed, then sanctification and glorification does not follow. Modern society dislikes talk of guilt, wrath, the cross and bloody sacrifice. They much more enjoy talk of the happiness and power that Jesus can bring. Lloyd-Jones thinks this is an incomplete Gospel. The fundamental component (or first item) we need is to be reconciled to God and this comes only when guilt is removed, forgiven, and ultimately covered by the death of Christ. He took our punishment, endured the wrath of God and bought us with the price of His life. Although forgiveness is difficult and sorrowful to God, as seen in the death of Christ, it is the only means that leads to absolute restoration with God. Listen as Lloyd-Jones grips our hearts with the message of complete restoration and present forgiveness found only through the blood of Christ.