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.
Paul is speaking to the Gentiles in this verse and refers to them as “uncircumcised” because they were not part of the Israelite heritage of the covenant with God. He promptly reminds the people that this circumcision was done by man and is no longer the key to a relationship with God after the redemptive work of Christ. Prior to the death of Christ and His resurrection, the Gentiles had no hope of a relationship with God. These two statements were powerful to remind the hearers of what their life was like before Christ.
Do we need that reminder ourselves? Do you remember what your life was like before you knew Christ? For some, you don’t really remember a time when you didn’t know Christ. If that is the case for you, how is your life different today than it was a year ago, 5 years ago or 10 years ago? Our lives are supposed to be a constant process of sanctification where we are becoming more like Christ the more we walk with Him. Does that describe your spiritual walk or are you stuck or even sliding backwards?
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
In this verse, we see the hope and blessing for ALL who put their faith in Christ; we are brought near to Him. Are you far from Christ today? He is waiting for you to return to Him. He is waiting for all who have called on His name to draw near to Him. Spend some time reflecting on your walk with Christ. Do you see the progress of sanctification at work in your life? We are all a work in progress but in order to to grow in our faith, we must draw near to the Lord.
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