“Therefore, 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. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:11-13
This is God’s grace in action; His unmerited or undeserved favor. Man deserves nothing from God but judgment and wrath for the way they have lived. Scripture clearly says in Romans 3:23 that ALL have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Revelation 21:27, speaking of heaven, says, “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.” We are entitled to nothing. We could never be good enough. Any good deed done under our own power for our own honor is worth nothing in God’s kingdom. It is the selfless man, the humble man, the merciful and kind man who lives to honor God that receives praise from the One who made him.
At one time anyone who was not a Jew* was far away from God. The Jews were God’s chosen people. Their rejection of Jesus Christ as their Messiah opened the door for all non-Jews to be given the opportunity to enter in to the life that God now provides for all men. It is the blood of Christ that takes away the sins of the world; however, it is not a blanket pardon for all men. Some refuse to believe in the existence of a Creator God. A blanket pardon would allow for men to trample on God’s incredible and gracious gift of forgiveness. It’s a gift and like all gifts one must take possession of it and make use of it. If we receive it and place it in a catch-all room, never opening it, how can we receive any benefit from it.
Prior to Christ’s substitutionary death man was lost in sin with no hope. After His blood was applied to sin all those who received the gift of forgiveness were free. Their shackles fell off. They were given a new life. It’s what happened to you when you asked for and received God’s forgiveness. What we do with that second chance is up to us. Remember what scripture says about those who are forgiven and then walk away from their newfound faith. “It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.” (2 Peter 2:21) No matter what is happening in your life, trust God and never walk away. You’ve been bought with a high price. Live like Christ matters to you. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!* A gentile was anyone who was not a Jew