As Paul continues his letter to the believers in Ephesus, he calls their attention to the fact that, at one time, only the Jews were God’s chosen people. Those who were not descendants of Abraham were not members of the covenant God had made with Abraham and his children; and the Jews themselves would have nothing to do with these outsiders.
The Jews had hope available to them, in the form of God’s promises; but the Gentiles were without hope and without God. And even the Jews, while going through the motions of circumcision and the law, were, in their hearts, far away from God.
“But now,” Paul writes, “you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to Him through the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13 NLT.
God’s plan of Salvation, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, has opened the door to millions who otherwise would have been excluded from the family of God. We, who were once without God and without hope, have been brought near to God by the blood of Jesus. We have been united with Christ Jesus, adopted into the Family of God, and, by faith in Christ Jesus, we have become heirs of the promises made to Abraham and his children.