WHAT WE ONCE WERE

Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 2:11-22

“Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by what is called ‘the circumcision,’ which is made in the flesh by hands — remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.” (Ephesians 2:11,12)

Christians must remember what we once were.  Often after our salvation, we begin to take for granted God’s work in our lives.  We forget what God saved us from.  It is easy for us to “neglect so great a salvation” (Hebrews 2:3).  We lose the awe and wonder of our salvation.

Paul reminded the Gentile believers of his day who they once were.  Certainly these words also apply to us before we received God’s grace in Jesus Christ.  We were “separated from Christ.”  We did not belong to Him.  We did not acknowledge Him as the true Messiah and we were not in fellowship with Him.  We were cut off from Him.  We did not know His love, peace and joy.  Other things were the objects of our faith.

We were also “alienated from the commonwealth of Israel.”  This phrase describes the Old Testament community of God’s people.  The New Testament expression of it is the Church, the Body of Christ.  We were alienated and excluded from the fellowship of God’s people.  We were once “not a people of God” (I Peter 2:10).

Before our conversion, we were “strangers to the covenants of promise.”  God had made great promises to His people.  Because we were not a part of His people, we did not know these promises.  We were “strangers” to them because we did not know what they were.

And worst of all, we had “no hope and were without God in the world.”  We had no hope when we faced death and we had no hope as we faced tribulations and sufferings in this life.  We were without God in the world!  We failed to acknowledge His presence and we did not have access to Him.

We must never lose sight of what God has done for us.  He reversed all these things.  He has united us with Christ; He has made us members of His Body; He has made us participants in His promises; and He has given us a sure hope in both life and death.  Now we have God!  In fact, we have Christ living in us!

Lord God, forgive me when I lose the wonder and awe of my salvation.  Forgive me when I neglect so great a salvation.  Thank you for engrafting me into Your covenant family and making me one of Your beloved children.

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