“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” Ephesians 1:7
“Redemption” in Ephesians 1:7 is the Greek word “apolutrosis” which means riddance. Man was held under a condition permitting redemption; he had to die to pay for his sin. But Christ conferred on him everlasting happiness by plucking him out of trouble with His own blood (Colossians 1:14); He paid with His life. The Lord freed us, the church of God, from trouble by purchasing us back with His own blood. Galatians 3:13 says: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” And Acts 20:28 also says it this way, “Take heed….to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”
Read Galatians 4:5, and Colossians 1:20.
Also read: You Were Not Redeemed; You Were Recreated
According to the same Ephesians 1:7, Christians have “forgiveness” of sins too. But the Greek text is telling us that “aphesis;” which means remission is in that verse, not “forgiveness.” Remission is not the same word as forgiveness. Remission means we have our sins taken away completely. And the English word “Forgiveness” means your sins are pardoned, but not blotted away. So the Greek text says, “In the Lord Jesus Christ we have….our sins taken away completely.”
Our opening verse, Ephesians 1:7, is talking about what we have in the Lord Jesus Christ. So rewriting it with the original Greek words in place, we have: “In the Lord Jesus Christ we have apolutrosis (riddance) through his blood, the aphesis (remission) of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”
Sinners are not Christians
No Christian is a sinner. You are not a sinner the moment you receive Christ by believing in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, and confessing with your mouth that He is the Lord (Romans 10:9). The sinner is the old you, and the Christian is the new you. You became a new creation after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. You are as though you have never sinned. He has purified unto himself a peculiar you (Titus 2:14).
Forgiveness is a gift
Meaning, it is wrong for a Christian to ask for forgiveness. It is a gift which you did not work for. God totally removed or blotted away your sins even when you were still sinning (Romans 5:8), and that is the Gospel we were commanded to preach (Mark 16:15).
There is nowhere in the Word that says the new creation should ask for forgiveness. You are the righteousness of God, so forgiveness is yours. God wants us to stop worrying about sin. It is no more a factor. Walk with the consciousness that you were bought with a price. And glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
The sweetest thing to know is Christians have an ongoing automatic cleansing. Read 1 John 1:7 to discover this truth: “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” Hallelujah!