Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
This passage speaks of who we once were. Some still are.
Who were we? We were outsiders.
Outside the promises of God which gave hope to Israel, outside the covenants whereby God gave Himself to mankind, we were outside of all that gives life and peace.
We had NO HOPE!
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
We were without hope, because we were outsiders – and there was nothing we could do about it. However, today we have hope by the blood of Christ. Why?
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of the commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
What did Christ do? He became our peace, just as in was promised in Is. 53:6 – Christ, the epitomy of perfection and purity, took on himself all the sins this wicked world has ever, or ever will, commit. Taking them onto Himself, of twain, or two, God made one new man. He took Christ perfection, and put it on me, and my sin and wickedness, and dirtied the spotless Lamb of God with it. In His flesh, He took my sin, and in so doing, broke down the wall between God and me, which wall was my sin.
Now it is no longer about being of Israel, no longer about being under the law, but rather all about the grace that God has shown to us in Christ. He has made a new creature, one who can once again enter into the Holy place, due to the pure blood of Christ shed on my account.
No hope? At one time, but today, there is no possibility of a wrong end, for all my eternity hinges upon Christ’s righteousness, not my own good deeds which couldn’t buy me a seat at McDonalds, much less entrance to heaven!
My eternity is certain, and so regardless of the degree of pleasure experienced on earth, I can be happy, for I HAVE HOPE!!!
Not a hope as in hoping to meet the fictitious Easter bunny tonight, but rather hope as in the certainty of a future event, hope in God’s promise, and that a God who has never, nor is capable of lying! [why do some teach God can do anything? God cannot, will not, has not ever lied!]