In times past we all used to be children of wrath.
Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
- We walked according to the course of the world. Ephesians 2:2
- We were dead in our trespasses and sins – Ephesians 2:1
- We were Gentiles in the flesh and called Uncircumcision – Ephesians 2:11
- We were without Christ, aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, we had no hope, and we were without God in the world – Ephesians 2:12
But now He has quickened us together with Christ, and has raised us up together, and has made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ – Ephesians 2:6. We are made nigh by the blood of Jesus – Ephesians 2:13.
The following was accomplished by Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross :
- He broke down the middle wall partition that separated us from the chosen people, the Jews who are called the Circumcision, he abolished the enmity between Jew and Gentile, also the law of commandment contained in the ordinances (the Levitical Law) to make of the two (twain – Jew and Gentile) one new man, so making peace between the two, reconciling both unto God in one body (Jew and Gentile) – Ephesians 2:14-16. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile anymore – we all get saved the same way today.
- Both Gentiles (those who were afar off) and Jews (those who were nigh) were both preached to – no distinction was made between the two – Ephesians 2:17-18.
- Ephesians 2:17 – Gentiles (who believe the Gospel) are no longer strangers and foreigners but fellow citizens of the household of God, as well as saints.
- Built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets – Jesus Christ Himself – Ephesians 2:20.