Ephesians 2:11-22 is a great passage to remind us of what we were before salvation. We were hostile to God! We were alienated, but through His death He brought us near. I have to be reminded, because in my own thinking I’d never consider myself an enemy of God. I was born and raised in a Christian home and in church all my life. Yet…
God’s word clearly spells out the reality. Verse 15 says, “Having abolished in His flesh the enmity…so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace.” Why? Verse 16 says, “And that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”
Verses 19-22 laid the foundation for His church. 1 Peter 2:5 says, “You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” We are the church that He died for.
We are called with a holy calling to proclaim Him to those around us. We are His temple of righteousness. Nothing has been procured by us. No works, no acts, no good deeds could ever gain our salvation. It had to come through Jesus’ shed blood. It is through His forgiveness of sins that allows us access to eternal life.
We who were hostile, lost, condemned, and children of wrath, are brought into a personal relationship with our Redeemer. We can look back and shudder at our lostness, then look forward and rejoice in our Savior’s love ~ and bow in humble adoration.