Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus Romans 3:24.
In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace Ephesians 1:7.
Our redemption in Christ is by grace which is available to all by faith, as opposed to God sovereignly choosing who He wants to receive it. Yes, God is sovereign meaning He is supreme, paramount, the highest ruler, and above all. He is subject to no one higher, takes orders from no one, and answers to no one higher. Sovereignty is God doing what He wants, when He wants, how He wants, to whomever He wants completely independent of us but that wasn’t the means He chose to make salvation or redemption accessible to all. The contrast of being redeemed by sovereignty versus grace is this:
- What God is sovereign over you do not need faith for it.
- Sovereignty requires no faith, no choice, no obedience, and no action on man’s part.
- It is up to what God decides and chooses.
- Man is passive.
- What God offers in grace must be responded to with faith.
- Grace requires faith, a choice, obedience, an action, on man’s part.
- It is what God already decided and has chosen.
- Man must respond (to receive it).
Romans 4:16 says, “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end (the point aimed at) might be sure (secure) to all the seed; not only to that which is of the law but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all.” Redemption being by grace through faith makes the work of God in Christ a sure thing to all who would believe, no matter what your background, I.Q., race, color, social status, or upbringing. God showed no favorites and made no exceptions. All can receive the work of God through Jesus (the grace of redemption) and He gives us the faith to receive it Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 12:3. Yes, it was the sovereign choice of God to redeem us but He chose to do it by grace through faith.