Ephesians 1:7-10 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.”
*Kids oftentimes needed to be protected from themselves because they do not see nor understand the danger that surrounds them on a daily basis. Young ones do not understand the danger of fire and need to be kept away from the stove. Toddlers would be happy running around the interstate if they saw a puppy dog to play with. Youngsters who have never seen a wild bear may think they can go up to it and give it a big “bear” hug. Those in the know need to help those not in the know stay away from the things that can harm them. Even adults, no matter their education level or intellect, do not know everything. Spiritually speaking, there are millions of Americans who do not see the spiritual danger threatening their souls, they can not discern right from wrong because it has not be revealed to them, and they are in need of rescue even though they do not realize the danger or the significance of the moment. This is where Jesus Christ, and you and me as Christians must get involved to gently prod them away from the danger they do not see or understand.
*In Jesus Christ, the Christian has been “redeemed” only through the blood of Him who has the power, will, and ability to save us. Redemption is defined as being “rescued” or being “delivered” by something that is dangerous. What is dangerous in this regard? Simple. It is sin. While people can love their sin, many do not realize how dangerous it really is. It is fools gold; it glitters brightly but is worthy absolutely nothing. Sin is dangerous because if it is not gotten rid of through Jesus Christ, it will come back and bite you and send you straight to hell according to the Bible. Jesus “lavished” his love on us by dying for our sins Himself and showing us the way to heaven and Father God. These verses use the term “riches” of His grace because the opportunity to have your sins washed away is the most valuable gift that you will ever be offered. How sad it is when so many people simply reject the most expensive (lavish) gift they will ever be offered as worthless and beneath them. For the unsaved world, the process of salvation is still a “mystery” to them because they simply do not understand it. God’s hope is that you will share this great gift of Jesus Christ with others instead of hoarding it yourself by telling nobody.
*In heaven, there is only perfection, light, truth, and God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. They rule heaven. On earth, there is mainly darkness, lies, deception, pain, suffering, and Satan, the god of this world, ruling with an iron fist. The two places are diametrically opposed to each other. When Jesus Christ came to the earth, His main purpose was to unite the humans living on earth, the apple of the Creator’s eyes, and God the Father so that mankind could be with God in heaven one day. This unity can only come through Jesus Christ. Why? Jesus is the only One who started in heaven, lived on the earth, died on the earth, and was resurrected from the power of death because there was “no sin found in Him.” Since He never sinned, He could not die. In essence, Jesus created a conduit between heaven and earth so those who have lived in the darkness of this earth could attain the light of heaven one day. Christ is the pipeline to heaven. There is only one pipeline. Man can not build one because man does not have the capability. Only God has the intellect and power to create this highway to the sky.