BUT NOW IN CHRIST JESUS!

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:13-18

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

We have seen how the Gentiles were not part of God’s family in the past times. They were “separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, without hope, and without God in the world” (v. 12). But, things changed. God acted and brought them into His family.

Notice the first word of verse 13 — “BUT.” Whenever you see this little word in the Bible, you know that something very significant is going to follow. “But now in Christ Jesus” God has changed the relationship He had with the Gentiles. They have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Paul’s argument is that at one time the Gentiles were far away, but now they have been brought near. This refers to their relationship to God. Both Jews and Gentiles who trust in the shed blood of Jesus Christ are brought near to God. This is possible only through the blood of Jesus Christ. His blood paid the price that a righteous and holy God requires for sin.

God’s punishment for sin is death — “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 3:23). Therefore, sin must be paid for . The gospel message is that God took my sins an imputed them to Jesus Christ. On the cross Jesus’ blood made atonement for my sins.

Because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ, we have been brought near to God. If you are a Jew and believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, you are brought near to God by His blood. If you are a Gentile and believe that Jesus is You one and only Savior, you are brought near to God through His blood. The point is that it is only through the blood of Jesus Christ that a person can come to God. There is no other way.

Lord Jesus, at one time I was far off, separated from You, without hope. But God brought me near through Your blood. You shed Your precious blood for an unworthy person like me. You paid the price that I rightly owe God for my sins. You took my place on the cross, suffered the wrath and displeasure of a holy God as my substitute. I can never thank You enough for what You have done for me.

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