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    In whom we have redemption through his 
    blood, the forgiveness of sins, according 
    to the riches of his grace 
    (Ephesians 1:7).
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    “Redemption” in the verse above, is the Greek 
    word, “apolutrosis” and it means riddance. 
    In Christ, we have our riddance. He rids or plucks you 
    out of trouble, and rids your life of anything that’s 
    wrong. So, you can say, “I have my riddance in Christ, 
    no matter what!” That’s redemption. It doesn’t matter 
    what mess you may think you’re in, you can trust Him 
    to get you out.
    In Christ Jesus, we also have remission of sins. The 
    King James translation uses the word “Forgiveness” 
    of sins, but the Greek word is “aphesis” and it means 
    remission; the total removal or blotting away of sins. 
    God did much more than forgive us; He blotted out 
    our sins. There’s no trace or record of your sins; it’s as 
    though you never sinned.
    That’s why it’s wrong for a Christian to keep a 
    consciousness of sin. Some are forever praying and 
    asking God for forgiveness, because they’re always 
    overwhelmed by the burden of sin-consciousness. 
    The truth is that the Bible never tells us to ask God 
    for forgiveness. God never made provision for your 
    “forgiveness.” This might upend some people’s 
    theology, but it’s a present truth.
    To forgive means to pardon, in which case 
    the record of wrong remains, though you’ll not be 
    punished. But that’s not the case with God and us. The 
    actual Greek rendering is “to take away completely, to 
    put away, blot out, separate from.” You might want to 
    ask, “How about 1 John 1:9 that says,  “If we confess 
    our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, 
    and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness?”
    What that simply means is that if we acknowledge 
    (confess) our sins, God is faithful and just to put them 
    away, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. There’s 
    an automatic cleansing going on. That’s what it says in 
    the seventh verse:  “But if we walk in the light, as he is 
    in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and 
    the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from 
    all sin” (1 John 1:7).
    God wants you to walk free of guilt or condemnation! 
    He wants you to walk in the light of your riddance, your 
    righteousness, your justification, your holiness, and your 
    sanctification in Christ Jesus, not snowed-under by guilt 
    or sin-consciousness.
    Thank you dear Father for this glorious truth in 
    your Word! Christ is my riddance; He rids me of 
    trouble, and of anything that’s inconsistent with the 
    provisions of the Gospel. I walk victorious, conscious 
    of my right-standing with you, and my triumphant 
    life in Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
    Romans 3:2-25; Romans 6:14; Luke 24:46-47

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