Ephesians Love

Intimate with God

“But now in Christ Jesus you that once were far off are made near in the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13

Paul begins the second chapter of Ephesians with the condition of his hearers before they came to Christ, which was independent of God. Sin always alienates the originator of it from a holy and righteous God, such a state is portrayed for the entire world to see in the Gentile nations. God in His rightful sovereignty chose for Himself a people He would call His own – Israel, which left all the other nations as separated from Him.

The playing field was leveled at the cross of Christ. “For through him we both have our access in one Spirit unto the Father” 2:18. That which once separated the two peoples was a stewardship of God’s laws, covenants, promises, and the lineage of the coming Messiah. Those who heard the law (the Israelites) were brought to know God’s holy standards, and were condemned by them; those who never heard God’s law (the Gentiles) were condemned by their conscience, which bore witness to God the creator and judge. “For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without the law: and as many as have sinned under the law shall be judged by the law.” Romans 2:12

Therefore, it is “in Christ” we who were independent in the worse possible way are made intimate in the best possible way – O’ the glory and grace of God. “you (gentiles) were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world” 2:12. (Emphasis added)

About Joe Durso

I write a blog called Godly Increase to help people understand that life is not at all what it seems. The masses live as though there is no God, but apart from Him nothing else could exist. God not only created but also sustains our world, so that all what seems to be governed by the laws of physics are themselves controlled by the divine person who wrote a book to explain the meaning of life. The book is the Bible and it is the only source of truth on the planet. Within God's book secondary causes are articulated, but God is the primary cause of all things. Some may plant, others may water, but it is God that causes the growth.

2 comments on “Intimate with God

  1. i am so happy that Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross not only redeemed us, but also made it clear that he loves all peoples and ethnic groups (the Hebrews of course included). It’s that what gave me confidence to create the Bible translation in Bavarian, the “Sturmibibl” (after the first abbot of Fulda, St. Sturm).
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    • Thank you for your comment and it is a wonderful truth that God who made one race receives all people within it.


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