The Word Among Us

Jan/Feb 2013 Issue

Remember the Covenant

Remember the Covenant

In his Letter to the Ephesians, Paul asked his gentile readers to remember what life was like before they were baptized into Christ.

They were “alienated from the community of Israel and strangers to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12).

“But now,” Paul reminded them, “in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ”—that is, by the blood of the new and everlasting covenant (Ephesians 2:13).

Like the Ephesians, we too should do all we can to remember what God has done for us in establishing a new covenant with us in Christ. So let’s look closely at the following verses from Ephesians to get a sense of everything God has given us in his covenant. Let’s commit ourselves to remembering even as we treasure the life we have received in Christ.

• You were once dead but are now made alive through Christ (2:5).

• You have been blessed with every spiritual blessing (1:3).

• You have been redeemed by Christ (1:7).

• You have been sealed for heaven with the mark of the Holy Spirit (1:13).

• You have been brought near to God (2:13).

• You have access to your heavenly Father (2:18).

• You have the power of God working in your life (1:19).

• You are God’s own sons and daughters (1:5).

• You are a citizen of God’s kingdom and a member of his family (2:19).

• You are joined with God and with all believers (2:21).

• Together with all believers you make up a holy temple, a dwelling place where God himself lives (2:22).