Ephesians 2:10, 12-13, 18-19 The Living Bible
10 It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others. 12Remember that in those days you were living utterly apart from Christ; you were enemies of God’s children, and he had promised you no help. You were lost, without God, without hope. 13 But now you belong to Christ Jesus, and though you once were far away from God, now you have been brought very near to him because of what Jesus Christ has done for you with his blood. 18 Now all of us, whether Jews or Gentiles, may come to God the Father with the Holy Spirit’s help because of what Christ has done for us. 19 Now you are no longer strangers to God and foreigners to heaven, but you are members of God’s very own family, citizens of God’s country, and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.
We’ve talked about our “before Jesus life” in comparison to our “after Jesus life,” and how our behavior is profoundly changed. This passage speaks to the same contrast; but narrows our concentration on the Christ side of things:
New life in Christ, no longer strangers to God and foreigners to heaven, and belonging to Christ—versus—being lost, a stranger to God, and without God and hope.
Which side of this equation are you on?