Made One by His Blood - Ephesians 2:11-22

When God first made a covenant with man, He chose Abraham, the ancestor of the Jewish people (Gen. 15). That covenant was followed by other covenants which expanded and added to the original covenant (2 Sam. 7). Gentiles, non-Israelites, were not included in those covenants; though they were allowed to join the Israelites and thus become recipients of the covenant.

Things changed when Jesus Christ came and established a new covenant (vs. 13-16). It is because Jesus shed His blood that the new covenant, which broke down the dividing wall between Jews and Gentiles, was established. By coming in the flesh, as fully human, Jesus made the covenant freely available to all who will accept it.

By coming as fully God and fully man, Jesus brought peace and the chance for redemption. And He also brought a new dimension for His relationship with humans: the Holy Spirit. While the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, had been at work on earth prior to Jesus’ coming, the Spirit did not indwell believers as He does now.

Thoughts to Ponder
There is a children’s song called, “Father Abraham.” Its lyrics are simple. “Father Abraham had many sons, many sons had father Abraham, I am one of them and so are you, so let’s just praise the Lord.” Children love the song because of the crazy motions we use with the song. I love it because of the words. If you have received God’s gift of salvation you are considered one of Abraham’s sons. We, the non-Jewish, were not originally included in the Abrahamic covenant – at least not directly. But when Jesus came, He broke down that wall. All have the opportunity to be a direct recipient of God’s covenant. What an amazing blessing!

As recipients of God’s new covenant we have the added bonus of having God Himself—in the person of the Holy Spirit—dwell within us, and help us live a God-honoring life, and refine us as we still struggle with sin. All this is made possible because Jesus came and shed His blood to bring redemption. Take some time to thank God for these amazing gifts.