What happens because of the Blood and the Cross? Paul says that through the blood of Jesus that those (including us today) “who were once far away have been brought near.” What does he mean by that? Referring to the Gentiles and to the Jews, Paul is saying that both the groups of people, who have made a personal decision to receive Christ into their lives have been changed. Both groups were far from God but they were not far away anymore because of the blood that was spilled and Jesus’ death on the cross, their sins were forgiven and they were then made to be God’s children, close to His heart. (We too were once far away because of our sin but because of the blood of Jesus and His death on the cross we have been saved and brought near to God.) Notice that there was a barrier, between God and the Gentiles and Jews. Because of that barrier there was no peace between God and man. But there was also a barrier, a real wall of hostility, between Gentiles and Jews and that kept them from having peace between themselves, individually and culturally. Real peace, Godly peace, came to not only individuals of both groups and God but between these two warring factions and God. How did that peace come? It came from the blood shed on the cross by Jesus Christ!! They were reconciled to God by Jesus who died on the Cross and the two became one in Christ and therefore knew that peace of God between them and God and the peace of God in their hearts.
I loved what Paul had to say here, “His purpose was to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.” So, out of the Gentiles and the Jews, God created through the cross and Jesus’ blood, one new man in Christ. How powerful is that! How did God do that? God did it by “abolishing in His flesh, that is the death of His Son Jesus Christ on the cross, the law with its commandments and regulations.” According to the scholars, when Jesus died on the cross, His broken body and sacrificial death, caused the abolishment of “the law with its commands and regulations” that the Jews had been living by since Abraham started the nation of Jews. Those laws and commandments and regulations pointed to the cross where the perfect Lamb of God, the one and only Son of God, (John 1:29, The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!) would be the last sacrifice for sin to satisfy the Father and His wrath. Therefore the laws and regulations were then unnecessary.
If you are a saved child of God today, did you know that you were at one time far away and hostile to God? Do you know that if you are not a child of God, you are far away from God and not saved and that today you are experiencing hostility toward God?
As Jesus preached, He preached to the Jew and to the Gentile, saying that some are far away and some are near, but both groups need the peace with God which He could offer. When both entered into Christ, through salvation, they then had personal access to the Father through the Holy Spirit. Dear friend, when you enter into Christ through repentance and confess of your sin, then you too have personal access to God Almighty through the Holy Spirit who lives in you. Praise God that we are able to go to the Father because He has made us His children through the cross and the blood of Jesus.
3. - “God’s household, Christ the Chief Cornerstone”