Paid in Full

Ephesians 1:7-8 (ESV)
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight” 

The word “redemption” means payment of a debt or obligation. Our sins, past, present, and future, require a perfect Redeemer for us to be reconciled with God. Nothing we can do, no amount of good works or a life well lived, can possibly pay this debt. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can cover these warrants against us.

In Colossians 2:13-14, we learn that not only have we been made alive with Him, but He has cancelled our debt, and taken those decrees against us and carried them with Him up on the cross. Think about it: From the moment we accepted Jesus Christ into our hearts, everything we ever did wrong, every wicked deed, every evil thought, every angry word, past, present, and future, has been stamped paid in full by our Father (Hebrews 10:14; Colossians 1:19-22).

No sin is too great to receive this redemption; we need only be sincere in our desire to turn away from sin dominating our lives. When we do this, we are both forgiven by and reconciled to God; for the blood of Jesus Christ has satisfied the debts of every soul who will call on Him as Lord and Savior.

All of the burdens we carry—the guilt, the shame, of a life lived in pursuit of the lusts of the world—can all be lifted from our backs and placed at the foot of the cross if only we would put our trust in Him. “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will remember your sins no more” (Isaiah 43:25).

We serve an awesome God whose love for us cannot even be measured. I often ask the same question David once asked, “Who am I, Lord?” being amazed that someone as insignificant as I is considered important to the Creator of it all. Unfortunately, I think we take this for granted all too often.

Let us resolve to give thanks every day that God raises us up on this earth; to place His agenda before ours; to realize there is a reason why we are still drawing breath, and that is to serve Him with all of our heart, strength and mind. Let us take the joy of our redemption and share this with someone who desperately needs to hear God’s Word.

It is the very least we can do for the price that has been paid on our behalf.