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Ephesians 2: 12-22
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.
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,
15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household,
20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
You have seen the before and after pictures.
Often these are used to advertise a product that will enhance your appearance.
I am not offering such a product.
Looking at my before and after pictures tells me why I should not do that.
In this scripture, it does give us a before and after picture of the Ephesian Christians.
The BEFORE picture is shown in verse 12 and is introduced by the phrase “
at that time you were.
It used such words as:
separate, excluded, foreigners, without hope and without God.
The AFTER picture is introduced with the words in verse 13:
It uses such phrases as:
“in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” It further shows the AFTER picture in the following verses. I encourage you to read them carefully and prayerfully.
I do hope your life is now described by the AFTER picture.
If not I’d like to introduce you to Jesus who can and will change your picture from the BEFORE to the AFTER.
Let us live in the AFTER picture and not ever go back to the BEFORE.
May God continually transform your life.