Jesus gave you a bunch of presents the moment you were saved. But many of us haven't truly embraced them because we don't fully understand them.

One of the gifts God's given you is redemption—but have you unwrapped what that really means for you?

Ephesians 1:7–8 says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us.”

The original Greek word used here for “redemption” is apolutrosis, which means to set free by payment of a price. It means you were ransomed—like a slave rescued out of the marketplace. You were bought to be set free.

Let me share an illustration. A little boy and his dad built a magnificent model sailboat together. They went down to a lake to sail it, but soon after they put it in the water, a blustery wind blew in and they lost sight of it.

The boy was devastated. Each day he went back to the lake hoping the boat had washed up, but he never found it. One day he saw his boat in the window of a toy shop with a big price tag on it. He ran inside and said, “Hey, that's my boat! I built that boat with my dad.”

The shop owner said, “That's not your boat; I bought it from a fisherman who brought it in. It's now my boat. If you want it, you'll have to pay for it.”

So the boy worked every Saturday mowing lawns and doing chores, until he'd finally made enough money and went to buy the boat. As he walked out of the store hugging the boat, he said, “You are twice mine. For I created you and now I've purchased you.”

That's what God says to you, too.

And the price He paid for your redemption was the blood of His beloved Son.

Does that give you a hint of how deeply He loves you? To pay such a price to pursue you and call you His own?

God created you and He purchased you—you are twice His. Let this truth sink in and allow the gift of His outrageous love to fill your heart with joy today!

More articles on this topic:
Ask Stuart: How do I know God loves me?
A word from Pete: Grace unwrapped
You're fully known by God and deeply loved

Resources on this topic:
How Much I'm Loved CD series or USB drive (special offer)
God's Love for Us
Who Are You, God?