Brought near by the blood of Jesus

11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  Ephesians 2:11-13

It is by the blood of Jesus alone that we are able to draw near unto God.  Before we come to Christ we are enslaved to sin.  We are driven by the desires of our sinful nature believing that they will satisfy us.  But what we fail to understand is that as we indulge in sin more and more it deceptively destroys our life.  It seems enjoyable for a season, but if we continue in sin we will eventually be destroyed.

But through the blood of Jesus we are set free from the curse of sin and death.  When we come to Christ our sin no longer remains.  It is washed away and we are declared righteous before our Father in Heaven.  Our sins have been nailed to the cross with our savior and often times the enemy will try to remind us of our sins to bring condemnation upon us.  But this is why we must fix our eyes upon Jesus alone.

When we truly understand the depth of the Lord’s sacrifice for us we will draw near with our whole heart.  Jesus has called us to be disciples and not merely converts.  We must become a diligent student of God’s word and study His word on a daily basis.  His word is the spiritual food for our life with Him.  If we neglect the study of God’s word we will be led astray and deceived by the wiles of the enemy.

The enemy is a defeated foe, but he is very cunning.  In our own strength and wisdom we are powerless against him.  But if we will abide in our Lord and Savior we will walk in victory and authority because we will understand who we are in Christ.  We will understand the authority we have and the freedom we have.  The reason many perish is simply lack of knowledge of God’s biblical truth.  Many believe the bible to simply be a book of fairy tales or simply foolishness.  But when we come to know Him and all He has done for us, we understand the treasure that His word is and we are willing to dedicate our lives to the study of His word.

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