By Means of Christ’s Blood
Morning Devotion/ Access to God: BY MEANS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD /200A-002 (Eph. 2:13)/ Lesson 2/ Key Text: “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13, NKJV)
Heart Question:  Is God accessible?  By what means can we have access to Him?  How does Christ bring us near God?  Why was it necessary for Christ to die in order to bring us near God?
“(Remember) that you were at that time separated (living apart) from Christ [excluded from all part in Him], utterly estranged and outlawed from the rights of Israel as a nation, and strangers with no share in the sacred compacts of the (Messianic) promise (with no knowledge of or right in God’s agreements, His covenants). And you had no hope (no promise); you were in the world without God. But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were (so) far away, through (by, in) the blood of Christ have been brought near.” (Ephesians 2:12–13, AMP)
There are at least two reasons why Christ had to die according to this text —  Man was estranged from God: Beloved, we had sinned, rejected and rebelled against God—against His will and Law. We had committed high crimes before God, and remember, the penalty for high treason and insurrection is exile, separation or death. Beloved, we were on the death row, called the Second Death, (Rev. 2:11; 20:6; 20:14; 21:8).
 We were in the world without God: without a Redeemer, without a Mediator, without an Intercessor. In short, we were hopeless! Did you know that without Christ life is meaningless? It’s like storying a story without a proper climax. It’s like being tossed up and down in a raging sea, and eventually sink. How did this happened? Sin. It is us who run away from God, not Him abandoning us. Remember Adam and Eve in the garden? (Gen 3; cf. Isa 59:1-2).
 The Third reason Christ had to die: God wanted to demonstrate to the entire universe how much He loved us. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13, NKJV) He wanted to gives us a second chance: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16, NKJV) In other words, He was reversing the death penalty that His Law demands. Friends, it doesn’t get better than that!
Now, listen beloved, the theme of this text, as I see it, is Reconciliation. Because of precious blood of Jesus Christ on Calvary, we can now be reconciled to God. We can now be brought near God. Not that we are worthy, not that we are righteous—but because of the holiness, the righteousness of Christ. Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us, and thus we too can be brought near a holy God.
Praise God today because we have unlimited “Access to the Father” because of Christ! Would you come near, as we close? Listen to the words of Hymn # 495 – Near to the Heart of God: “There is a place of quiet rest, Near to the heart of God; A place where sin cannot molest, Near to the heart of God. [Refrain]: O Jesus, blest Redeemer, Sent from the heart of God, Hold us who wait before Thee; Near to the heart of God.” Amen.
Action Step: What response do you think this lesson should inspires us to do?  Praise God for Jesus! “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21, NKJV)  Love your Enemies! Christ had gone much farther than just giving His life for His friends (Jn. 15:13). The point is this: We were not “friends” of God at the time, that is, before Calvary. We were enemies according Rom 5:10. We were “without strength” (Rom. 5:6); “Ungodly” (Rom. 5:6); and “Sinners” (Rom. 5:8). What is your attitude towards sinners, the ungodly, and those who have lost hope/ or without strength during this coronavirus pandemic? Do you care, or much less pray for them?  Christ has done everything He needed to do on the Cross; now it’s your turn! The door is wide open! Access to the Father is granted! Would you draw near? Would you pray? May God bless you as you make these decisions — in His Name we pray, Amen.
Have a Blessed Day: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (Romans 5:8–9, NKJV)
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