Interpreting Paul's Use Of Blessing In Chapters 7-17

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V.7: “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace—” Paul begins to list some of the blessings that flow from the matchless grace of God. These blessings are enjoyed by the believer in the present, this is shown by the tense that is used “we have”, which shows the continuous of the blessings. Paul uses the word redemption (apolytrosis), which has to do with the emancipation either of slaves or of prisoners. The NEB has “release” by derivation, the term also implies the payment of a ransom price and this factor is frequently reflected in its usage. In this context, the price is paid “through His [Jesus’] blood”. Paul also uses the word forgiveness (aphesis) which means loosing
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