Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 2:11-22

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13)

Paul reminds us what our condition was prior to our conversion.  We were separated from Christ, alienated from the people of God, strangers to God’s promises, without hope and without God in the world (v. 12).  What a terrible state we were in!  However, God came to our rescue.  He sent His Son to save us from this dreadful condition.  God acted on our behalf.

Paul tells us that at one time we were far from God, but now we have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  Paul is talking about our relationship with God.  We who were far away from God have now been brought near to Him.

The means God used to bring us near to Himself is the blood of Christ.  There is no other way, no other access to God, except by the blood of Christ.  We are not brought near by our own efforts, even the best we have.  Our self-righteous actions cannot bring us near to God.  Religion is not the answer.  Religion is what we try to do to earn God’s favor and love.  Paul was a religious man before his conversion, but he came to realize that all his religious actions kept him away from God.  He was putting confidence in his own flesh, his own efforts (Philippians 3:4-17).

Let me say it again.  Being brought near to God is only possible by the blood of Jesus.  This means by the death of Christ, by His broken body, by His shed blood, by His life poured out.  The blood of Christ paid the price that a righteous God demands for our sins.

The gospel message is that God took my sins and placed them upon Jesus.  He put them on His Son.  “For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (II Corinthians 5:21).  Because of the shed blood of Jesus, you and I are brought near to God.

Lord Jesus, thank You that You voluntarily laid down Your life for me.  You paid for my sins with Your precious blood so that I could be brought near to God.


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