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Ephesians 1:7

    Ephesians 1:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    In whom we have salvation through his blood, the forgiveness of our sins, through the wealth of his grace,

    Webster's Revision

    in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

    World English Bible

    in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

    Definitions for Ephesians 1:7

    Grace - Kindness; favor.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ephesians 1:7

    In whom we have redemption - God has glorified his grace by giving us redemption by the blood of his Son, and this redemption consists in forgiving and delivering us from our sins; so then Christ's blood was the redemption price paid down for our salvation: and this was according to the riches of his grace; as his grace is rich or abundant in benevolence, so it was manifested in beneficence to mankind, in their redemption by the sacrifice of Christ, the measure of redeeming grace being the measure of God's own eternal goodness.

    It may not be useless to remark that, instead of της χαριτος αυτου, his grace, the Codex Alexandrinus and the Coptic version have της χρηστοτητος, his goodness.

    Barnes' Notes on Ephesians 1:7

    In whom we have redemption - On the meaning of the word here rendered "redemption" - (ἀπολύτρωσις apolutrōsis) - see the notes at Romans 3:24. The word here, as there, denotes that deliverance from sin and from the evil consequences of sin, which has been procured by the atonement made by the Lord Jesus Christ. This verse is one of the passages which prove conclusively that the apostle here does not refer to "nations" and to "national privileges." Of what "nation" could it be said that it had "redemption through the blood of Jesus, even the forgiveness of sins?"

    Through his blood - By means of the atonement which he has made; see this phrase fully explained in the notes at Romans 3:25.

    The forgiveness of sins - We obtain through his blood, or through the atonement which he has made, the forgiveness of sins. We are not to suppose that this is all the benefit which we receive from his death, or that this is all that constitutes redemption. It is the main, and perhaps the most important thing. But we also obtain the hope of heaven, the influences of the Holy Spirit, grace to guide us and to support us in trial, peace in death, and perhaps many more benefits. Still "forgiveness" is so prominent and important, that the apostle has mentioned that as if it were all.

    According to the riches of his grace - According to his rich grace; see a similar phrase explained in the notes at Romans 2:4. The word "riches," in the form in which it is used here, occurs also in several other places in this Epistle; Ephesians 1:18; Ephesians 2:7; Ephesians 3:8, Ephesians 3:16. It is what Paley (Horae Paul) calls "a cant phrase," and occurs often in the writings of Paul; see Romans 2:4; Romans 9:23; Romans 11:12, Romans 11:33; Philippians 4:19; Colossians 1:27; Colossians 2:2. It is not found in any of the other writings of the New Testament, except once in a sense somewhat similar, in James Jam 2:5, "Hath not God chosen the poor of this world "rich" in faith," and Dr. Paley from this fact has constructed an argument to prove that this Epistle was written by Paul. It is unique to him, and marks his style in a manner which cannot be mistaken. An impostor, or a forger of the Epistle, would not have thought of introducing it, and yet it is just such a phrase as would naturally be used by Paul.

    Wesley's Notes on Ephesians 1:7

    1:7 By whom we - Who believe. Have - From the moment we believe. Redemption - From the guilt and power of sin. Through his blood - Through what he hath done and suffered for us. According to the riches of his grace - According to the abundant overflowings of his free mercy and favour.

    Verses Related to Ephesians 1:7

    Acts 3:19 - Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
    1 John 2:1 - My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
    Matthew 11:28 - Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.