TRUTH: Jesus Brings You Near


I am not sure if you have ever been estranged or separated from one whom you love. You may be like those in the flood in Texas who have been separated from loved ones because of the storm. I recall seeing video of a man who had been searching for his father. And after feeling it was hopeless, he finally got in touch with him via the phone. The emotions that evidenced itself through tears and smiles showed how much it means to overcome separation and be brought near. TRUTH: Jesus Brings You Near

In the post TRUTH: Remember When You Were Dead, we see the TRUTH: Jesus Brings You Near.

Ephesians 2

11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 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 by the blood of Christ.

Paul calls for the Ephesians to remember where they were before Christ Jesus.

  1. They were Gentiles by birth (natural). This means that they were not a part of the people that God chose as His own, the Jews. They were not  children of God.
  2. They were uncircumcised which meant they lacked the sign of the covenant between God and them.
  3. They were separated from Christ. Spiritual death is a separation of our spirit from God because of their sins as Isaiah 59:2 tells us.
  4. They were excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise.
  5. They were “without hope and without God in the world”.

Then the symptoms of being dead reached a crescendo in the series of verses. We are told Jesus is the antidote. The text tells us “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Prepositions tell us the position of something. Those who were were far away or separated have been brought near by the blood of Christ. It was not just Jesus. It was His death on the cross where His blood was shed that brought about a cleansing for those who trust in Him. It was His blood that brought about our redemption, the forgiveness of sins. TRUTH: Jesus Brings You Near

Jesus, in Matthew 26:28, says, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

Luke, in Luke 1:77, says, “to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,”

Peter, Acts 2:38 in , says, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Paul, in Ephesians 1:7, says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”

Again, Paul, in Colossians 1:14, says, “in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

It is Jesus and Jesus alone that we know the TRUTH: Jesus Brings You Near. Have you trusted in Jesus as Lord and Savior? If you have, you have been brought near overcoming and escaping the wrath of God because of your sins. If not, you are separated from God and His wrath remains on you.  Romans 10:9-10If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” That is the TRUTH: Jesus Brings You Near.

 

 

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