“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” (Eph. 1:7)
Here is another great verse on soul salvation. If there is anything we need to have clear in our mind, it is the plan of salvation. Yesterday, we looked at some important Gospel truths. Today we look at some more truths about salvation. You can never know too much about soul salvation. In this verse is the person of salvation, the price of salvation, the pardon in salvation, and the possibility of salvation.
Person of salvation. “In whom.” That refers to Jesus Christ. Salvation is in Christ. As we noted yesterday, He is the only One Who can save. Whenever you speak about soul salvation, Jesus Christ must be prominent in the message or you do not have a message of salvation. Without Christ, no one can be saved. “In whom” is in Jesus Christ, none other.
Price of salvation. “Redemption through his blood.” The blood in this verse tells us the tremendous price Christ paid for our salvation, for “blood” speaks of Calvary where Christ died on the cruel cross and shed His precious blood for our sins. Christ speaks of His blood as “my blood . . . which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28). The blood of Christ is essential to save sinners. It is the cleansing agent for washing away our sins. “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
Pardon in salvation. “The forgiveness of sins.” The greatest need of man is to have his sins forgiven. If they are not forgiven, man will have to stand in judgment for them; and this judgment will send man to eternal hellfire. But soul salvation brings this needed pardon of our sin. Thus, salvation is the greatest and most needed message for mankind, because it tells him where the sinner can get forgiveness of his sins.
Possibility of salvation. “According to the riches of his grace.” Some may think they are too great a sinner to be saved, but “the riches of his grace” says anyone can be saved. The door of salvation is opened to all men because of “the riches of his grace.” No one can fathom the greatness of “the riches of his grace.” But they can experience it in salvation.