“Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called ‘Uncircumcision’ by the so-called ‘Circumcision,’ which is performed in the flesh by human hands— remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
As I studied in Ephesians and read this passage, I find myself tremendously thankful for God’s grace of adoption. As a “gentile” (not of the people of Israel), I would not be accepted as one of God’s people, but for the fact that Christ came and extended His sacrifice to even the gentiles. I would be completely without hope but for that ultimate example of unmerited favor.
A little earlier in the passage, in Ephesians 2:8-9, it says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” This passage is part of the “therefore” mentioned in the quote at the beginning of this post. I am so thankful that His grace is unreliant upon me, but rather is based upon His unchanging character. I am His - forever. May I, as His adopted child, reflect His glory and grace.