Redemption… to be followed by confession?

So, scripture says we are redeemed, as in the forgiveness of our sins.

  • Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
  • Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

But then it says

  • Ephesians 1:13c-14 ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

So, now wait a minute… does this say until the redemption? That says we don’t have redemption yet. Does that mean Paul is split minded somehow? No, I think not. I think the same term is used applied two different ways. Hear me out a minute, and see if this makes sense.

Jesus died on the cross, once and only once, for all peoples sins.

  • 1 Peter 3:18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,

So, the part of redemption that deals with the forgiveness of sins is a done deal. (my paraphrase of the Eph. 1:7) It’s done, doesn’t have to be done twice, every year, whatever. It’s done (Thank God). But then that must mean the “purchased possession” part of us is different than part dealing with the “forgiveness of sins” part. I would argue that Peter alludes to this difference happenstantially or on purpose, when he demarcates the spirit from the body, eternal from temporary, righteous from unrighteous.  I would wrap this all up with understanding that our eternal spirit has been redeemed, but our body and soul have yet to be so. Our sanctification by the power of the Holy Spirit is a process, and this fulfillment of that promise (Eph. 1:13c) is a seal that is the down-payment on our bodies (the purchased possession), all that for the praise of Him, his name, his nature, his glory. I make this inference between the purchased possession and oiur body, because it is certainly not redeemed (glorified), as scripture says it will be. As for our soul? I don’t claim to know. However, I’ve brought all these thoughts to the surface to ask if since we’re saved by confession, and all our sin’s are forgiven, even those in the future and are yet to be committed (when Jesus died all, even tomorrows sins were in the future to Him), do we still confess our sins? Or do we love forgiveness?

I am developing a new an idea that defines our salvation and redemption always until the time of our conscious choice to trade the truth for lies. I say this because we only live through contact with the vine (John 15:4-5). God keeps me alive, and I recognize this. He loves me soooo much. Without his love, I’m lost. I even get pained when I can’t “feel” his love. When I sin, the Spirit convicts me. I don’t claim to know all that the Holy Spirit does, but it becomes increasingly more difficult to ignore the conviction as time or action progresses. At some point, that love relationship becomes so painful, that I, or we have no choice but to change (repent, with or without confession, but probably with) or make the choice to leave. In a sense, we have to break our own heart to leave that relationship and do whatever it is we thought we wanted to. It says eventually He will remove his hand, and give us over to our sins. This is a tragedy, and if I’m right or wrong, please don’t try it out just to see. If you love Him you will follow His commands. Love is the key, and Oh how he loves us!

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~ by Graham Pointer on January 12, 2010.

One Response to “Redemption… to be followed by confession?”

  1. Very Good. And Because we love him. We should want to do whatever His Spirit Convicts us with. (1 Jn 4:19) (1 Jn 5:3). When the spirit convicts whether you confess with your mouth or not you should repent which comes from your heart. Repentance is to turn from ones ways.

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