As we saw in verses 11 and 12 of Ephesians 2 , Paul tells us to remember that by nature we are uncircumcised, are without Christ, are strangers, having no hope, and without God in the world. This is a tragic picture, but also a very true picture. We come into this world as enemies of God. We have no love for Him until He begins salvation in us. It is only because He eternally loved us in Christ that we have hope and salvation.
However, on that dark picture the light shines in Ephesians 2:13 when we find Paul stating, "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ."
What a blessed truth! How wonderful and precious then is the blood of Christ! That we were far off means that our situation was humanly hopeless. That we are in Christ Jesus, however, means that there is no end to the blessings which through Him we shall receive.
Take note of the fact that Paul, as moved by God, writes that we, who by nature are so far off and away from God and the blessings of salvation, are made nigh to God, to enjoy His covenant fellowship. Here again the emphasis must be placed on the fact that God made us nigh to Himself. For note that we are made nigh. We did not come nigh by our will or strength. By nature we do not deserve to live in glory with God; and by nature we do not want to come near Him, nor can we do so.
Christ Jesus made the difference between us and the world by His cross and Spirit. He earned the right and accomplished it by the Spirit that was given Him for this work.
How precious then is that blood of Christ which earned the right. Our blood earns absolutely nothing that is blessed. It calls for everlasting punishment. The cross speaks so wonderfully to us. It reveals that we will be lifted up to glory because of its triumph for us.
Read: Galatians 3:13-29 .
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Quote for Reflection:
“Blessed are they in whose ears that terrible trumpet always sounds, ‘Arise ye dead, and come to judgment.’ From this the presence of that Judge coming to judgment is perpetually borne in mind, lest at his sight they be confounded with the wicked ( Rev. 6:16 ), but that they may be found worthy to stand before the Son of Man.” Francis Turretin (1623-1687) Pastor of Geneva