A Coming Together as One
Ephesians 2 : 11 – 13
Read Ephesians chapter 2 several times to remind yourself of Paul’s overall message.
As you are meditating on this passage, how is God weaving your Wow moments into your heart?
- Who is Paul writing to in these verses?
- What is his core message?
- Why is there such a distinction between these two groups of people?
- Does God provide a way to connect these two groups? How?
In three short verses, God shows us how desperate our situation was prior to Christ. Paul lists 5 ways in which we (Gentiles) were completely isolated in our sin:
- Separated from God
- Alienated from God’s people (Israel)
- Strangers to the covenant of promise
- Without hope
- Without God
Have you ever truly considered how hopeless the Gentiles were at the time prior to Christ?
They were completely disconnected from God and because they were estranged from the Jews, they had no way to even understand about God and His promises through the covenant.
There was absolutely no way for the Gentiles to connect with God – at all.
Even though mankind rejected God through our sin, God still made a way for us to have hope and reconcile with Him – through His son, Jesus.
Ephesians 2: 11-13 shows just how much we needed Jesus’ sacrifice. Without Him we would be without any hope. And I can not image that level of despair.
Because we live post-resurrection, even when we were in our sin there was still the possibility of hope in Christ. Old Testament and early New Testament Gentiles did not have the option of trust in Christ. Which gives the power of Christ’s sacrifice a whole new meaning when we view it in light of Ephesians 2 : 11 – 13.
Take some time to meditate on the shed blood of Christ.
What does His spilled-out blood do for you and your relationship with God? What about with others?
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