No Longer Outsiders

 

January 15


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Read Ephesians 2:11-13

Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands-remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

 

Reflect

How did the status of the Gentiles change in Christ? How has your status changed in Christ?

 

It seems humans are always separating people into groups. Society categorizes people by their gender, race, social standing, age, political party, etc. Certain groups are elevated and considered more worthy and more valuable while other groups are cast to the side. They are considered less worthy and less valuable in society’s eyes. They don’t belong.

 

Under the law, Gentiles were the outsiders. They were not God’s chosen people.  They were not circumcised as the Jews were to show that they were set apart for God. They did not have to abide by God’s laws. They didn’t have to follow a special diet. They didn’t observe the same religious feasts and festivals. According to the Mosaic law, Gentiles were unclean because of their lifestyles. If you were not a Jew, you were not welcome in many Jewish circles at this time.

 

Paul asks the Gentiles to remember who they were and what their position was and compare it to who they are now and what their position is in Christ. He wanted them to remember what their status had been so they could better appreciate what Christ has done on their behalf. They were separated from Christ. They were strangers and alienated from God’s chosen nation, Israel. Most likely had never heard of the covenants. Therefore they had no hope for a Messiah, nor did they know they needed one. They were without the one true God.

 

But now. What a difference being in Christ makes! They were far away from God, but they have been brought near. Because of the blood of Christ, they are no longer strangers and aliens! They are now members of God’s chosen people. Not because they converted to Judaism and got circumcised, but because of the blood of Christ! Everything that separated them has been abolished in Christ.

 

Friends, because of our sin, we, too, were separated from God. We were outsiders. We did not belong to God’s family. We did not have hope. We lived our lives without Him. But now. For those of us who have accepted Christ, we have been brought near to God. We are not without hope in the world. Thank you, Jesus.

 

 

Pray

Jesus, Your blood brought me back to spiritual life and back to God. I didn’t even know how lost, and far off I was. But You knew, and You acted on my behalf. Thank You for drawing me near to You. Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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Amen, Frank. It's amazing how far God goes to rescue us!
You got it! And it is amazing, isn't it? Thank you, Jesus!
It is my humble pleasure to bring the Word!
When we pause and think about it, His love is unlike any other. It is pure grace!
Amen
God Your love is way beyond my comprehension. But I thank You and praise You so much for it! I humbly and gratefully accept Your love. Thank You God.
Thank God for giving us another weekend and I thank pastor Nat for the devotional and thank God for the weekend
Bless the Lord.
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Being united with You my Lord was not my doing, but Yours, for which I thank You. By Your Spirit You have brought me nearer to You. Do not stop drawing me close, my Lord.
I was once lost, but now I am found. thank God. I am in the family of God. Because of sin I was separated from God, now, I are not without hope. What a blessing.
Continuation of above statement I wanted to say that after reflection on the long way that I have travel thru life and reading the above, I thank the Lord for watching after me through the years! Thank You Jesus!
Bless the Lord o my soul, bless his Holy name!
When I had receive Jesus Christ has my personal Savior i was invited into God's family.
Heavenly Father I Praise You for Loving us First! For knowing we are not of the Hebrew blood line. Oh Lord but because of You Loving us First I Praise and Glorify You for Blessing us with The Greatest Gift/Blessing of our life, your song son Jesus Christ. There in Father You made us "One" Family through the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. There in Father bringing Jesus back to us through The Holly Spirit that lives in each of us. Father there are times when we get down but You never let us fall, stumble yes but Your Ritchous Right hand lifts us back up. Please Father let them all others, let them see You in me Your Light shinning bright within me. Let them hear you when I speak and sing Praising Your Most Holly Name. I surrender all to You Oh God, in Jesus Mighty Powerful Name Amen
God is and always will be on my side.
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Thank You Lord
To God be the glory.
Powerful!!! Thank you Jehovah that through the shed blood of Jesus I have been adopted into your family. Truly blessed.
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Anen
Jesus is enough!
Amen.
When Christ died on the cross the curtain in the holy of holies was torn open from top to bottom! This gave all of us access to God the Father. I accept the gift of Christ. How marvelous!
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Thank you for the encouragement and the correction! We'll get it fixed!
It is so hard, isn't it? We become like Adam and Even in the blink of an eye. We turn our focus from Him to us. I join you in your prayer!
I was lost and now I am found. Thank you Jesus for saving me through your redemptive powers. Bob
Great words and insight from the Bible.
Praise God for the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross
Lord Jesus thank you for being a part of my life. Please continue to say with me while on this earth in your mighty name Amen
Thank you, Lord, for your invitation to be a part of the family of God. Thank you for the infinite grace you have poured out on all who accept that invitation. Please help me to draw near to you, this and every day.
Lord, I want to thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus to connect us to You again. I am grateful that I am able to come to You. I can not make it without You. We were lost and Jesus has came and gave us Spiritual life. Thank You Jesus. In Your name I pray, Amen.
Thanks I want to draw near to you Father God in heaven in the name of Jesus Christ Amen. Love forever.
Thank you Jesus for finding me when I was lost and bringing me into Your family of believers. I pray I might be a light to someone today who is lost.
To this day, for us believers in Jesus Christ that are not direct descendants of Hebrew bloodline, God overtly “grafts” us into His family tree of His chosen people. Romans 11 tells us, “...and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree”. Thank you Father for the sacrifice if your only Son, which enables us to draw close to You and be an heir to the promise of resurrection. Praise be to you Lord Jesus Christ...help me in my unbelief!
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The greatest gift we can receive is the knowledge of the love that Jesus has got us. For we were dead in our sin and now made alive by the blood of our God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Hallelujah thank you Jesus.
Thank You Jesus for saving me and bringing me out the darkness of of my circumstances.
I need you now more than ever Lord. I tend to get slothful and need to stop thinking of self more than Jesus. Help me please to stay focused on Jesus. I need people to see Him in me and less of me.
Amen... Thank You Jesus. Please keep help me to stay near to you
Thank you Jesus for my salvation
I really appreciate Pastor Nate's insight and I am enjoying this series that started in the new year! Not to be picky, but I think there is a typo in the fifth sentence of the paragraph copied here...Shouldn't it say "They are NOW members of God's chosen people." That is quite a difference! "But now. What a difference being in Christ makes! They were far away from God, but they have been brought near. Because of the blood of Christ, they are no longer strangers and aliens! They are not (NOW) members of God’s chosen people. Not because they converted to Judaism and got circumcised, but because of the blood of Christ! Everything that separated them has been abolished in Christ."
Thank you Jesus for saving me.
Amen.
I thank God for including me.
Draw me nearer Blessed Lord
*THANKYOUJESUS*