According to the Riches of His Grace

Referring to Jesus’ death on the cross, the Bible tells us “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the    riches of his grace;” (Ephesians 1:7)

Redemption refers to the actual penalty of sin being paid. Forgiveness refers to the personal offense to a holy God being pardoned. It is important to understand that these two take place according to the abundance of God’s grace – His undeserved favor.

Suppose you are trying to raise funds for, say, The Society for Wayward Cats. You go to see a millionaire. You say with all the sincerity you can muster, “Mister Millionaire, would you help save wayward cats?” “Yes, I would,” he replies. You wait with bated breath as he writes out a check. He hands you a check. You look; it is for $5. That $5 check would be “out of” his riches. But if he gave you a check for $10,000 that would be “according to” his riches. That would help a herd of wayward cats!

Think you have gone too far for even God to forgive you? Know that God’s saving work in Christ – redemption and forgiveness – is not “out of” but “according to” the riches of his grace.

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