Examining Ephesians-Part 15-Only God Could Do It! (Cont’d)

(It would make today's study much more effective, if you reviewed blog for 9/24/08.)

Returning to Ephesians 2:11, we are reminded that "in time past" we were "Gentiles in the flesh" and were "called Uncircumcision". We were called that "by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands". Uncircumcision was a term of derision. "Circumcision" was, almost always, a term that gave, the one who used it, a feeling of superiority. But it was "made by hands". It was a sign given to Jews, of God's Covenant. This sign was performed by human beings. God now does a Spiritual circumcision. (See Colossians 2:11.) When we are baptized, Spiritually, into His Body, the Church, we are, as it were, cut away from our "Adamic" body and transplanted into His Body. We are removed from the old Adam and become incorporated into the Last Adam, Jesus.  Verse 12 of Ephesians 2, drives home the change, from the time when we were "without Christ,…aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world." What a drastic condition; what a dramatic change! Verse 13 describes the profound difference. "now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes (i.e; once) were far off are made nigh (i.e; near) by the blood of Christ." Selah!  As you think on this, recall that all of this has to do with us, who are Gentiles, who have opened our lives to Jesus. Tomorrow, Lord willing, we will examine where Jews, who come to Him, fit in. The mystery continues to be revealed.  Ron

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