The Oxford dictionary defines “redemption” as “the action of being saved from sin, error, or evil”. So, if someone says that you have been redeemed, what they are really saying, biblically speaking, is that you have been saved from eternity in Hell. Christians often get into a habit of using words that are rarely used in everyday language, so sometimes we have to define a term to clearly understand what the bible is saying. In light of that definition read these words from Ephesians 1 verse 7 which says:
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace"
This verse pretty much sums up the entire gospel doesn’t it? In Jesus we have been redeemed, or saved from hell, through his blood. It was Jesus’ blood, not our good works, that can save us from hell and open the door to heaven. His blood also allows for the forgiveness of our sins - the sins we commit day to day, if we confess. And it is all in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. And the oxford dictionary defines grace as “courteous goodwill”. It is by God’s courteous goodwill that we are saved through faith by accepting Jesus’ blood shed for us. I encourage you to really think on Ephesians 1:7 because God made a way for us, without changing his nature. Since God is Holy, the wages of sin is always death. But because of the riches of God’s grace, his Son, Jesus died for us.
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”. You may be familiar with the song, “Amazing Grace”. But have you ever considered the magnitude of what is being said in the lyrics? Consider that God did not have to choose to save us. He certainly didn’t have to send his son to die for us. But by his amazing grace, he provided a way for us without changing his nature - that he is a Holy God where sin comes with the price of death. But God’s grace, his “courteous goodwill” as the dictionary puts it, set the course of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection so that we don’t have to go to hell, but are promised eternity with him in heaven.