PRAISE GOD FOR HIS SAVING WORK

Intro: We are still standing in front of Ephesians' front door. We have been paying attention as Paul extols God's glory. From verse 3 to verse 14, Paul is participating in worship. He begins by giving thanks to God for everything He has done to save us and bless us through Jesus.
Paul thanks each of the three members of the Trinity for their part in saving people in this lengthy praise song that soars to the heights of God's grace and glory. Paul praises God the Father for His sovereignity in verses 3-6. He praises God the Son for His work of salvation in verses 7 to 10. Paul then praises God the Spirit for His work of sharing in verses 11 to 14. We have listened to Paul tell us that God is to be praised for His sovereign work thus far in our study of this chapter. Paul tells us in these verses that God should be praised for saving people. Paul transitions from God's work in the past to His work in the present in these verses. Paul shifts focus from how God's plan was developed in the past to how it is implemented today. As a result, Paul shifts his focus from praising God for His sovereign work in the past, when He chose, predestined, and formed the body of Christ, to how He brings that body together now. We have been looking back up until this point; in these verses, we begin to look around. We have even more reasons to praise God in the verses before us today. Paul continues to reveal all the riches of God's grace that are ours in Jesus Christ in these verses as well as in the verses that came before them. Today, I want you to see why God is deserving of praise for His great salvation work. As I preach on the subject of Praise God for His Saving Work, allow me to explain why God is deserving of praise. I want you to see that God deserves praise for rescuing people; God deserves praise for the outcomes; likewise, God's motives merit praise. I. v. 7: "God is to be praised for his redemption" (Ill.) When I was a kid, my mother used to buy our food from stores that accepted S & H Green Stamps. The exchange for dollars spent in the store was for these trading stamps. The stamps were brought home and glued to books. S & H Green Stamps published a catalog that featured items that could be exchanged for Green Stamps books. After selecting an item from the catalog, the appropriate number of Green Stamps were collected, and the stamp books were taken to a redemption center to be exchanged for the desired catalog item. One of the Bible's major themes is redemption. There is much more to redemption than simply exchanging one thing for another. There is no trade in redemption. We do not accumulate enough points to persuade God to release us. A gift is redemption. a gift that God gives us without expecting anything in return. We receive redemption as a gift, but it was not free. God paid far more than we could ever have imagined. Let's examine God's redemption for a moment. We will learn why God deserves praise for His redemption as we do.) A. The Character of His Redemption: In the ancient world, the concept of redemption was common. During Paul's time in the Roman Empire, there were as many as 6 million slaves. It was a big business to buy and sell those slaves. In point of fact, it was not unusual for a friend or family member to petition for the release of a slave they cared about. This would be accomplished by the individual purchasing the slave for himself and then freeing that slave. The slave would receive a certificate from the person who freed them, certifying that they had been redeemed and freed from slavery. That document proved the former slave's freedom. "lutroo" is the Greek word for that kind of transaction. "to effect the release of a slave by paying the price of redemption" is the meaning. In verse 7, a variant of this word is used. Paul declares "redemption" for us. This indicates that the saved have been freed from their shackles. Since Adam's fall from grace in the Garden of Eden, every person born into this world has been a slave. There is no freedom. Sin and its repercussions can't be avoided by anyone. Since Cain's birth, every person has been born with a sinful nature. The nature of every baby born into this world is filthy, corrupt, and evil, and it is completely separated from a holy God. The same fate awaits each and every person born into this world as a slave to sin. Rom, we are all doomed to die. 6:23; Eze. 18:4. Our enslavement to sin leads ultimately to death. By birth, everyone in the world is a sinner, Rom. 3:10; 23. Sin is also committed by each of us. Both by nature and by choice, we are sinners. According to Jesus, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin," John 8:34, because we are sinners, we are also slaves to our sin. Sin's master is cruel. It makes its victims slaves and demands a high price to free them. It asks for death as a price. Man's redemption necessitated the price of death. When Jesus went to the cross to redeem us from our sins, He paid precisely that price. Jesus gave Himself up for the sake of the innocent so that the guilty could be set free. Pay attention to how the New Testament describes Jesus' sacrifice for us. “Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father,” is the verse from Galatians 1:3-4. · Gal. 3:13 says, "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having been made a curse for us: Because it says, "Cursed is every one who hangs on a tree:" · Gal. 5:1 says, "Stand fast in the liberty which Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled with the yoke of servitude again." · Col. 1:13-14: "Who has delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of his dear Son: who, through his blood, provides us with redemption and the remission of our sins: · Heb. 2:14-15: "For as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he himself took part in the same;" that he might defeat the devil, who possessed the power of death, through death; And free those who, out of fear of death, were all chained for their entire lives. We were literally saved from our sins when Jesus Christ died on the cross in our place. In order to satisfy God's just demands for sin, He shed His blood. He carried out everything necessary to preserve our freedom. You will begin to get an idea of everything God did for us when Jesus died for our sins if you look at some of the verses that talk about our redemption. Let me demonstrate three additional verses that discuss our redemption. According to Rev. 5:9, "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book and open its seals:" because you were killed and saved us from every race, tongue, people, and nation to God with your blood;" The word "agarazo" can be translated as "redeemed." To conduct business in the market is the meaning of this word. to make a purchase for oneself It was used by someone who went into the market to buy a slave. When Jesus died, He did that. He bought us for Himself by entering the market place of sin and paying the full price for it. · Gal. 4:5, "To redeem those under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons," In this verse, the word "redeem" is translated as "exagarazo." With the addition of the prefix "ex," it is the same word used in Rev. 5:9. "to purchase something for oneself in the market place and then forever that thing from the sale" is the meaning of this word. Jesus paid the price for our redemption and removed us forever from the sale when He saved us. He has therefore purchased us. We are his, 1 Cor. 6:19-20, and He has no intention of ever allowing us to be sold into slavery or sin again! · 1 Pet. 1:18-19: "For the reason that ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, such as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with Christ's precious blood, like the blood of a spotless lamb:" In verse 18, the word "lutroo" is translated as "redeemed." "Release a slave after the payment of the purchase price" is the meaning. In verse 7, this is what Paul wants us to see. Jesus was born into this world and died at Calvary on a cross. That day, he gave his perfect, sinless blood. 1 John 2:2, "His shed blood satisfied God Almighty forever." Isa. 53:11. The bride of Jesus Christ was purchased. Jesus Christ saved His bride forever by removing her from the transaction. After that, the Lord Jesus Christ released her from the shackles of her sins and freed her from the power of sin, Rom. 6:14. Rom, he freed her from the consequences of her sin. 8:1. 2 Cor. He freed her so that she could live a new life that would bring glory to His name. 5:17. That's how redemption works. Do you know how powerful it is in your life? Are you now free to serve the Lord and free from the power of your sins? If you have been saved, you should give the Lord, who bought you with His blood, a lot of praise, worship, and honor! B. The Price He Paid for It: Jesus paid the price for our redemption, which we are entitled to. Rev. 22:17 says that anyone who believes can be saved for free; Isa. 55:1. Even though the Lord offers His people redemption for free, it was not cheap. We are reminded in this verse that "through His blood we have redemption." You didn't have to bring any money with you when you went to Jesus. Faith in His death and resurrection was all you needed. Grace saved you when you believed in Him by faith. You didn't pay a cent for it. However, the Lord paid the ultimate price! His precious blood served as the price for your redemption. The innocent died for the guilty when Jesus died on the cross. 2 Cor. says that He who had no sin died for the sinners. 5:21. Jesus fulfilled all of God's just demands regarding sin when He died by shedding His blood on the cross. God is content now. During the time of the Tabernacle and the Temple, millions of gallons of blood had been shed. Not a single sin had been erased by all that blood. Sin was temporarily covered by the blood. When Jesus Christ bled flawlessly on the cross, He accomplished something that only the blood of animals could ever accomplish. He was shedding the blood of a perfect man when He shed it. He shed the blood of a man who had not sinned. When Adam sinned in Eden, only his blood could pay off the debt he had created. By shedding His blood, Jesus resolved the issue of sin for all who would believe in Him for ever. According to Hebrews 10:11–14, "And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering frequently the same sacrifices, which cannot take away sins:" But this man sat down at God's right hand after making a once-for-all sacrifice for sins; Expecting his enemies to become his pawns from now on. He has sanctified them forever through a single sacrifice." "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins," according to 1 John 4:10. "That which satisfies" is the meaning of the word "propitiation." God is content forever because Jesus gave his life for sin. There is no cost to sinners who turn to Him for salvation. All of it was paid for by Jesus, who gave lost sinners new life, forgiveness of sins, and adoption into God's family for free. There will never be a fee when you come to Him. If you approach Him, you will receive free salvation. If you come to Him, He will save your eternal soul, grant you eternal life, and forgive you all your sins. C. What Caused His Redemption: Paul tells us that we are saved "according to the riches of His grace." He devised a strategy to save us because He extended His grace to us. "According to the riches of His grace," we receive everything that God has accomplished through Jesus. Think about it this way: If someone who is a millionaire gives $20.00 in an offering to us today, they are giving from their wealth. Anyone could carry out the same action. Anyone could contribute $20.00. However, if that millionaire gave $20,000, their contribution would be proportional to their wealth. Do you notice the distinction? God has not provided us with a redemption that is constrained; rather, He has provided us with a redemption that is unconstrained! Take a look at it! We have received all spiritual blessings from him, verse 3. Verse 4: "He chose us in Christ before the world was made" Verse 5: "He adopted us into His family" Verse 4: He changed our lives. He has decided that one day we will join Him in His heaven, where we will be like Jesus, verse 5. And all of this was done out of pure pleasure for him. In Jesus, God has given us everything, "according to the riches of His grace." On the off chance that He just saved us from transgression until we trespassed once more, that would be a reclamation that emerged from the wealth of His effortlessness. It would be a redemption based on the riches of His grace if He instructed us to travel as best we could to Heaven and set us on the path there. God completely redeemed us when He did so. His generosity to us was unrestricted. "According to the riches of His grace," He bought us back. As a result, we are unable to sin outside of His grace. It indicates that we are unable to sin without His grace, Rom. 5:20. It means that we are completely saved, according to Hebrews. 7:25, and that God will continue to shower us with His grace for all time! We are instructed to praise God for His redemption for this reason. I. God Should Be Applauded for His Redemption II. v. 6-7 GOD IS TO BE HONORED FOR THE RESULTS (Ill.) Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for our sins. He created a means by which sinners could be saved. We received life and love from Him. Because He loved us and showed us grace, He did everything. We are not charged by him. In exchange for our redemption, He does not demand anything from us. The salvation that God provides for us in Jesus Christ accomplishes far more for us than simply freeing us from the shackles of sin. The glorious benefits of Jesus' redemption transform both our lives and the rest of our existence.) A. v. 7: The Redeemed Have Been Released – Paul informs us that the redeemed possess "the forgiveness of sins" as a result of their redemption in Jesus. The term "a pardon" is used in the translation for "forgiveness." "Our sins have been put away from us as though they never happened" refers to our transgressions. Forgiveness among people is contingent. We will be hurt by someone, and it will be hard for us to forgive them. However, we rarely ever forget when we forgive. What the other person did to us will always be there, no matter how hard we try. We always seem to bring those memories back to the surface no matter how hard we try to suppress them. God does not forgive in this manner. The Lord forgets when He forgives. When God forgives, He removes sin from the world. He treats our transgressions as though they were never committed at all! That is the unmistakable testimony of the Bible, Psa. 103:12; Isa. 38:17; Isa. 43:25; Jer. 50:20; Mic. 7:19. 1 John 1:7. John 1:29 reads, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world," when John the Baptist testified about Jesus. The meaning of the word "taketh away" is "to carry off." Jesus was judged in the place of His people when He died on Calvary for our sins. He was judged by God as though all of our sins were against Him. When Jesus died on that cross, Isa, God put His wrath to rest in His Son's body. 53:4-7, 10-11. When we come to Jesus by faith, we can also be forgiven and cleansed of our sins because they have already been paid for. As if nothing ever happened in our past. I can recall what I did. Others will recall my actions. I'm remembered by Satan, but God isn't aware of what I've done! Because He has taken it from Him, my sins have never occurred to him! B. v. 6: "The Redeemed Have Been Reconciled" states that we have been "accepted in the Beloved." To make agreeable is the meaning of the word "accepted." God does not like us in our natural state. We treat Him with contempt. As Rom. "The carnal mind is enmity against God," according to 8:7. It indicates that we oppose God. Eph. says that we oppose Him and His ways. 2:1-3. John 3:18 says that He opposes us and we continue to submit to His judgment; 36. Everything shifts when we turn to Jesus and receive salvation. God enters into a grace relationship with old, wicked sinners like us. Our transgressions are absolved. His blood removes all of our marks. John 3:3 says that the new birth changes our very natures; 2 Pet. 1:4. We are accepted by God, not as we are, but as He has made us in Jesus! The perfect tense is used in the phrase "accepted in the beloved." "I have been accepted, I stand accepted, and I will always be accepted in the Beloved!" could be one possible translation. The eternal, wonderful, and glorious outcomes of our redemption are in our lives. The outcomes of His love and grace in our lives merit praise. I. God Should Be Applauded for His Redemption II. For the third outcome, God deserves praise. v. 7 to 10: "God is to be praised for his reasons" (Ill.) There are undoubtedly many reasons to praise God for His redemption. After all, His redemption adopts us into His family and frees us from our sins. We can undoubtedly praise Him for the outcomes of redemption. Our sins have been forgiven and we have been made acceptable to God as a result of our redemption. We can all give thanks to the Lord for his redemptive work in our lives. The obvious question we must answer when considering redemption is why. Why does God forgive sins and redeem people? Why does He save them, apologise for their sins, and adopt them as His children? Why is God so kind to people who should be condemned to Hell? Why? The majority of the responses to that question are shrouded in the mystery of God's perfect will. The why question can be answered in part by the truths presented in these verses. The wonder of God and who He is are at the heart of each of these truths. Why does God find and save the lost? We are awestruck by the wonder of God's redemptive work because He has reasons for it. A. v. 7 The Wonder of His Grace: "in Whom we have redemption...according to the riches of His grace" is the opening line of verse 7. Paul explains to us that Jesus' amazing grace provides us with an endless supply of everything we need. What is grace? The phrase "God's riches at Christ's expense" has been used to describe us. The phrase "the unmerited love and favor of God for the undeserving" has also been used to describe it. The literal meaning of the Greek word is "good will, loving kindness, favor." Grace, according to Brother Tom Gilliam, is "any movement of God toward man." Grace is so amazing because of this! Grace is so amazing to those who have received it because of this. When they think about God's grace, some people stand in awe. In His grace, God loved us even though we did not deserve it. When He could have sent us to Hell, God chose Jesus over us. When He had every right and reason to condemn us to Hell, God reached out to us in love to save us. That is the uniqueness of salvation and the wonder of God's grace! We have no right to anything other than what God has given us. We have been brought back to life from death. We have been adopted by Jesus from Adam, saved from Hell, and are now traveling toward heaven. Do you want to know what God's grace is all about? God's grace is amazing because He would save people like us. It is a wonderful thing that He would love us, choose us, call us, save us, keep us, bless us, honor us, use us, and adopt us! We praise God for His amazing grace! B. v. 8–9 The Wonder of His Glory: According to verse 9, "the mystery of His will" is the source of God's redemptive plan; that "according to His good pleasure" He carried out what He did for us; and that all of this was planned and carried out by God because He "purposed" it "in Himself." To put it another way, God's entire plan for redemption exists to glorify Him. Every saved soul brings glory to God because it fulfills God's plan to redeem sinners. Because God has revealed the deep things of God to us in order to carry out His plan and advance His own glory, every soul that is saved is saved. We are told in verse 8 that God has provided us with "wisdom and prudence" as a result of His abundant grace toward us. The term "sanctified knowledge" is associated with wisdom. The "ability to understand the things of God" is what it is. The concept of "understanding and insight" is referred to as "prudence." God has "made known unto us the mystery of His will" by means of this "wisdom and prudence." You see, God has revealed the deep things of God to us through His grace and for His own glory. He has made it possible for the saved to comprehend earthly and life-related issues. We now know about heaven and hell, time and eternity, sin's depth, power, and influence, and His love for us. Those who are "dead in trespasses and sins," according to Ephesians, are kept from all of those things. 2:1. "In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes," Jesus said. Still, Father; because of this it seemed good to you,” Luke 10:21. According to Paul, "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him," But God has shown them to us through his Spirit: because the Spirit investigates everything, including God's deepest secrets," 1 Cor. 2:9-10. Therefore, God allowed us to see the truth and opened our eyes for His own glory and purposes. He used that truth to bring us to Jesus and remind us of our sins. He gave us faith to believe by utilizing that truth. He saved us by utilizing that truth. That renders Him deserving of praise! C. v. 10 The Wonder of His Goal: In this verse, Paul reassures us that history has a purpose and is not meaningless. To bring everything together in the Lord Jesus Christ, God has done everything. Col., God has decided that He will be the head of everything. 2:10. Jesus is going to come first in everything, Col. 1:18. The powers that be will one day bow down to Him and declare that He is the King of Kings, Psa. 72:11. According to Rev. 20:10, Satan will one day be judged by Jesus and thrown into the lake of fire. According to Rev. 19:11–20:10, the Lord Jesus will one day rule this earth in glory and power for a thousand years. "The dispensation of the fullness of times" is the subject of this verse. The concept of "management, oversight, or administration" is implied by the word "dispensation." It's about "control." We are reminded in this verse that God is in charge of the world. He had a perfect plan before the world was made, and He is putting it into action. That plan is at the heart of everything that happens. Jesus will receive the praise, glory, and honor due to Him when God carries out that plan one day. In the end, God will show all people that Jesus Christ is the head of everything. He is now ignored by the world. The world behaves as though He is irrelevant. The world doesn't love Him, bow down to Him, worship Him, or obey Him. It may appear as though this world is spinning out of control, but that is just how things are. Our God is in charge, and when the time is right, He will use His Son, Jesus, to show how strong He is. The wonder of it all is as follows: We are now a part of God's plan. We are permitted to participate in His plan to glorify His Son! Through faith, he has saved us and placed us in Jesus. Through Jesus, he has bestowed upon us all spiritual blessings. 2 Timothy says that he has promised to keep us, use us, and allow us to reign alongside Christ one day. 2:12. Because of these things, we should praise Him! Conc: We are blessed by God! Christ has made us wealthy. In Him, we have access to every spiritual blessing! We ought to submit completely to Him in light of these facts. We ought to worship, praise, and honor Him for His grace and gifts in light of these truths. Are you giving Jesus the obedience, reverence, love, worship, and praise He desires and deserves if you are in Him? Are you contributing to the accomplishment of God's plan to glorify Jesus Christ? I would like to extend an invitation to you today to come to Jesus for salvation if you are not saved but are aware that you require redemption. He will bless you beyond your wildest expectations, save your soul, and forgive your sins if you come to Him. Does He call? Take His hand!

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