Come, all Ye Misfits!

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But don’t take any of this for granted. It was only yesterday that you outsiders to God’s ways had no idea of any of this, didn’t know the first thing about the way God works, hadn’t the faintest idea of Christ. You knew nothing of that rich history of God’s covenants and promises in Israel, hadn’t a clue about what God was doing in the world at large. Now because of Christ—dying that death, shedding that blood—you who were once out of it altogether are in on everything. (Ephesians 2:11-13 THE MESSAGE)

Paul was writing here to people who had literally come out of a pagan background.  They had no idea about the God of the Old Testament, but because of the blood of Jesus Christ, God had brought them into His collection of people- and because of that blood of Christ, their subsequent faith, and the Holy Spirit living in them, they were a part of the people of God and got “in” on His promises!

I don’t know what your background is today- whether you grew up in a Bible believing, grace-filled church, or had some religious background, or no religious background at all.  But I do know that these verses are for you and I, because at one point in all of our lives we were outsiders to God’s ways and didn’t have the faintest idea about Christ.  But Christ’s shed blood brought you to believe and trust in Him, and your life was never the same again.  If you don’t yet know about Christ in your heart and soul this is an invitation for you.  It doesn’t matter how much or how little amount of “sinning” you have done!  You need Jesus.  You and I need Jesus. 

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