Anglican Daily Fountain 28 October 2023 (Devotional Today)
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TOPIC: SACRIFICIAL BLOOD OF JESUS
TEXT: Ephesians 2:13-22(KJV)
2:13. But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
2:14. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
2:15. Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
2:16. And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
2:17. And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
2:18. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
2:19. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
2:20. And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
2:21. In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
2:22. In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Anglican Daily Fountain 28th October 2023 STUDY:
Because of sin, the gentiles were spiritually separated from God and without hope in a world of sin (John 10:15,16). However, through the grace of God that was manifested by the blood of Jesus, they have the opportunity to come near through obedience to the gospel. Paul thus reminds the Ephesians that they were now in a covenant relationship with God through the blood of Jesus.
Our salvation is dependent on the work of the three manifestations of the eternal Godhead. In verse 18, Paul states that through Jesus, we have access to the Father by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit revealed that truth which was necessary for men to obey in order to be reconciled to God, through the sacrificial blood of Jesus (John14:26;-16:23). There existed a wall of partition in the temple to mark the point beyond which gentiles could not go to in the temple courtyard (Acts 21:28ff).
This barrier between Jews and gentiles was broken down by the sacrificial blood of Jesus. Through this medium (the blood of Jesus), cultural peace and reconciliation was established between the Jews and gentiles. God Almighty is kind and merciful, but sin separated us from Him (Isa. 59:1); we can only be restored through Jesus.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, I put my trust in the sacrificial blood ofJesus to break every barrier stopping me from having access to you, Amen.