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Ephesians 2:13

A New Relationship

13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.


"But now..!" Paul tells us that our situation has radically changed. We were once aliens and strangers from the commonwealth of Israel. We were not God's people, but were a godless people who had no hope. But now, something has changed. God has accomplished one phase of His plan, which was stated in Ephesians 1:10. "That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him."

What we read about in this verse is something very important to God's plan. This verse is part of what Paul wants us to understand about the power of God that is working in us. He wants us to see that, although we were once strangers and aliens to the kingdom of God, we are now "in Christ." We have been chosen in Him before the foundation of the world, blessed with all of the heavenly blessings, quickened together with Him, and created as new creatures who have been given predetermined jobs to accomplish for the kingdom of heaven.

Thus, we have been "made nigh." We have been brought near to God. We are no longer strangers and aliens, but are heirs to the divine fortunes of our Creator. We have a new relationship with God the Father, a relationship that was made possible in spite of our godless ways and disbelief, a relationship made possible by the mercy, love and power of God, which were exercised through the suffering of Christ.

"He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." (John 1:11-13) We are sons according to the will of God.

As sons, we have direct access to the Father. He has raised us up together and made us sit together with Christ at the right hand of the Father. "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16)

Because of our relationship with God the Father in Christ, we are assured that when we come to the throne of grace our prayers will be answered. Jesus said, "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." (John 14:13-14)

But our relationship with the Father goes even deeper than that, because He has chosen to send the Comforter, "Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." (John 14:17) The Spirit of God lives within every Christian. We are His temple, we are His treasure, we are His chosen generation, we are His royal priesthood, and we are His holy nation Israel!

It is absolutely essential to our spiritual development for us to see and to understand the condition of death in which we once walked and the contrasting condition of life which we now enjoy. Our relationship with God is very unique, very precious, and very costly. It was purchased by the blood of the Lamb of God. (See our study on 1:7 for more on the blood of Christ)

Before The Throne:

Perhaps you understand the relationship that you have with God, but are you fully taking advantage of it? Begin to spend more time speaking to Him about the affairs of your life. Ask Him to help you realize the potential that He has given you. Pray that the works, which He has prepared for you, would be clear to you so that you can do them. Thank Him for bringing you near so that you can be a part of His work and so that you can enjoy His fellowship.

For Further Study:

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** in: Rom 8:1; 1Co 1:30; 2Co 5:17; Gal 3:28; ** were: Eph 3:5-8; Psa 22:7; 73:27; Isa 11:10; 24:15-16; 43:6; 49:12; 57:19; 60:4, 9; 66:19; Jer 16:19; Act 2:39; 15:14; 22:21; 26:18; Rom 15:8-12; ** are: Eph 1:7; Rom 3:23-30; 5:9-10; 1Co 6:11; 2Co 5:20-21; Col 1:13-14, 21-22; Heb 9:18; 1Pe 1:18-19; 3:18; Rev 5:9;

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