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​Ephesians 2:11-13 (KJV)
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

“But Now”

Paul Writing to the church at Ephesus was telling them about their purpose God has for them, and the work God had done through His only begotten Son Jesus our Christ. He was writing to tell them to stand in the spirit, to walk in oneness and unity, to be kind to one another, tenderhearted affectionate, kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference one to another. He was writing to straighten out some misconceptions about the faith and circumcision and uncircumcision, and lets them know that there must be more than an outward sign of religion, a salvation of works. But that there must be a change of mind and heart, that man is not born into salvation, but must be reborn to walk in salvation! And that it’s not what you can do to be saved but it’s what God has done through Jesus.

(2:11-12) Division— Separation— Man, State of: we were far off and separated from God. Note that Paul addresses the second person here, "you." He is referring to Gentiles, that is, to everyone who was not a Jew. There was a time when all of us who are Gentiles were "far off" and separated from God, a time when great division separated us from heaven. When? Before Christ came and took the sins of the world upon His noble brow. Before Christ there was a great gulf, a great distance that separated all men of the world from God. We were barricaded from God by the Jews and separated by sin. God Himself had caused the Jewish nation to be born of Abraham. He had challenged the Jews to be the missionary force to the world, proclaiming that He and He alone was the only true and living God, and that He was going to send the Messiah to save the world. But the Jews failed in their mission. They became exclusive, super-spiritual, prideful, and boastful in their religion and failed to reach out to the other people of the world. People can keep you from serving Christ, false religion can keep you from serving Christ, there are the enemies of the word which keep people from the life that Christ has promised and purchased. We were "without Christ." This means that we as Gentiles neither knew nor expected the Messiah, that is, the anointed One of God. As Gentiles we had no hope of the coming Savior for the world.

We were "strangers from the covenant and promises of God." This means that we as Gentiles were not the covenant people of God. God did not approach the Gentiles directly with the covenant relationship. The Jews alone had a covenant relationship with God.

We were "aliens" from God's people, that is, from Israel. This means that we as Gentiles were not citizens of God's people—the nation of people being built by God for Himself. As Gentiles we had no destiny.

We were "strangers from the covenant and promises of God." This means that we as Gentiles were not the covenant people of God. God did not approach the Gentiles directly with the covenant relationship. The Jews alone had a covenant relationship with God.Ephesians 2:11-13 (KJV)
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

We had "no hope." This means that we as Gentiles lived in all the fears and the anxieties of life and in constant expectancy of death. We had no hope of a life beyond this world beyond human history.

We were "without God in the world." This means that we as Gentiles stood alone in this world. No God on our side, but now! We had no source of strength or hope beyond that which we ourselves could muster or which others like us could provide. Sin had left a crimson stain!

Paul here says “but now”, that means something happened before that makes it possible for what is happening now. There had to be some action that took place, a cause that brought about the effects of what we enjoy now.   At times now I look around and say “But now,” not with a feeling of jubilation but with a feeling of disgust.

The words "but now" are cataclysmic, a forceful contrast. Christ Jesus has now come into the world. In due season God sent His son, born of a woman, 2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV) 21  God made Jesus to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

There was a time when He had not entered the world, a time when men were divided and separated from God and from each other, there was a great gulf between a holy God and sinful man, but now Christ has come to bring all men to God and to each other. God himself stepped out of Glory wrapped Himself in flesh, came through forty and two generations, the lamb slain from the foundation of the word, left the throne room of heavens glory and went all the way to the cross of sin and shame,  1 Peter 1:18-19 (KJV) Peter says, ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Scripture declares: "By the blood." It is by the blood of Christ that men are brought near God. But why blood? Why was it necessary for Christ to die in order to bring us near God? There is no remission of Sin without the letting of Blood. 1 Peter 3:18 (KJV) 18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By the precious Blood of Jesus that Blood that will never lose it power, that blood that washes white as snow, that blood which purges the darkest of Sin, will never lose its power.

Christ brings us near to God.

There was only one way man could ever be brought back to God—if God loved him enough to forgive his transgression and rebellion. The glorious gospel is that God did love man that much. God was willing to forgive man and is willing to forgive, restore, and redeem. However, there was one problem. The judgment of exile or death had already been pronounced, and the Lord's Word could not be revoked. What could God do? Only one thing: He sent the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world to take our place on the cross. God had to provide a Perfect, Ideal Man for men, a Man who could stand as the Pattern for all men. If He could provide the Ideal Man, then He could die for man and His death would stand for the death of all men.

Romans 5:6 (KJV)
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

By the coming and atonement of the Lord Jesus, and by the gospel which he preached, no other name under heaven, we can approach the mercy seat of God. We were as gentiles on the outside looking in, but now we are the chosen, children, the elect of God.

Romans 5:8-10 (KJV)
8 He commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us…. now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.