But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are made near by the blood of Christ.
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He reminds us that we were brought close to God by the blood of Christ in order to show how great is God’s affection toward us, since he allowed his own Son to die. We too, enduring in faith, should not yield to despair in any of the agonies inflicted on us for his sake, knowing that what he deserves from us exceeds all that our enemies can bring upon us.
And again: "But now, in Christ, ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.".
and again to the same he says, "Ye who formerly were far off have been brought near in the blood of Christ; "
God in his entirety is everywhere. Who can be separated from him when all things are in him? … He is, however, said to be far away from the unrighteous, according to Proverbs [:]…. Just as far as the unrighteous are away from him, so close is he to the saints. Just when God seemed to be furthest from the Ephesians, he was coming close to them by the blood of Jesus. –.
Is this then the great privilege, it may be said, that we are admitted into the commonwealth of the Jews? What are you saying? He has summed up all things that are in heaven, and that are in earth, and now do you tell us about Israelites? Yes, he would say. Those higher privileges we must apprehend by faith; these, by the things themselves. But now, says he, in Christ Jesus, you that once were far off, are made near, in reference to the commonwealth. For the far off, and the near, are matters of will and choice only.
They were once far off from the Christ of the Creator, from the way of the Israelites, from the covenants, from the hope of the promise, from God himself. Once far off, the Gentiles now come close in Christ to the things that were once far off. .