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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Big Buts of the Bible #7

This is number 7 in a countdown of the 'Biggest Buts in the New Testament'. See parts 10, 9 & 8 posted earlier.

Ephesians 2:13
"BUT now in Christ Jesus you who were once far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ."

This stands as one of the big buts because of the theological truth it emphasizes. In the days that Paul wrote this letter to believers at Ephesus there was a tremendous gulf between Jews and Gentiles (anyone who wasn't a Jew). There was real danger in these early days of the church that this division might continue between Jewish followers of Christ and Gentile followers of Christ, sort of making two churches instead of one. So, Paul here is emphasizing for his Gentile audience that the two peoples, Jew and Gentile, are really made one people through the blood of Christ.

But it's more that that. For the initial audience of this word and indeed for Gentiles like me 2000 years later, the truth that God moved to bring me near by sending Jesus Christ to reconcile me to Himself; that God added me into the fold of His covenant faithfulness; that I, who was once far away, have been drawn close - causes me to worship my Lord.

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