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Ephesians Devotional—Week Two, Day Three (12/9/09)

Ephesians 2:11-13

Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)— {12} remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. {13} But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

The key word in this passage is the word “remember.” Believers are commanded to remember that they were uncircumcised pagans, separated from Messiah Jesus, outside of Israel and her covenant blessings, and living without hope or God in their lives. Obviously, it must be easy to forget our history and the fact that we have been grafted into the authentic olive tree (see Romans 11:17-18) … which is why we need this command.

It’s vital that we remember where we came from. We were in a deep, deep ditch out of which only God could rescue us. We were doomed to a Christ-less eternity, with no possible way to be saved. Except for God and His mercy, we were done for.

But now in Christ Jesus—there are those wonderful words again—but now in Christ Jesus we have been brought near (to God). What is it that brought us near? It was the blood of Christ. His death saved us, and His blood reconciled us.

Only when the believer can cry out “woe is me, I am undone” will he then appreciate the greatness of his salvation. Only then will he be humble and realistic about who he is, and where he’s come from. We are sinners that have been saved, and we must never be arrogant about that.

  1. The great Bible commentator Matthew Henry once wrote “Converted sinners ought frequently to reflect upon the sinfulness and misery of the state they were in by nature.” Take some time to do that right now, and make note of any specific thoughts the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.
  2. Why is it so important to reflect upon our former condition? How does that help us live in the present?
  3. Meditate upon the idea that you have been brought “near” by Christ’s blood. What are some of the implications of having been brought near? What might that include, practically?
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