Ephesians 2:13
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New International Version
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

New Living Translation
But now 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.

English Standard Version
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

New American Standard Bible
But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

King James Bible
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah.

International Standard Version
But now, in union with the Messiah Jesus, you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah.

NET Bible
But now in Christ Jesus you who used to be far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But now you are in Yeshua The Messiah, when from the first you were distant, and you have come near by the blood of The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But now through Christ Jesus you, who were once far away, have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but now in Christ Jesus ye who at another time were far off are made near by the blood of the Christ.

King James 2000 Bible
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are made near by the blood of Christ.

American King James Version
But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made near by the blood of Christ.

American Standard Version
But now in Christ Jesus ye that once were far off are made nigh in the blood of Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But now in Christ Jesus, you, who some time were afar off, are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Darby Bible Translation
but now in Christ Jesus *ye* who once were afar off are become nigh by the blood of the Christ.

English Revised Version
But now in Christ Jesus ye that once were far off are made nigh in the blood of Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
But now, in Christ Jesus, ye, who formerly were far off, are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were so far away have been brought near through the death of Christ.

World English Bible
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are made near in the blood of Christ.

Young's Literal Translation
and now, in Christ Jesus, ye being once afar off became nigh in the blood of the Christ,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:11-13 Christ and his covenant are the foundation of all the Christian's hopes. A sad and terrible description is here; but who is able to remove himself out of it? Would that this were not a true description of many baptized in the name of Christ. Who can, without trembling, reflect upon the misery of a person, separated for ever from the people of God, cut off from the body of Christ, fallen from the covenant of promise, having no hope, no Saviour, and without any God but a God of vengeance, to all eternity? To have no part in Christ! What true Christian can hear this without horror? Salvation is far from the wicked; but God is a help at hand to his people; and this is by the sufferings and death of Christ.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - But now; antithesis to ποτὲ in ver. 11, and τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ in ver. 12. Another of the very powerful "buts" of this Epistle, completely reversing the picture going before (see ver. 4). In Christ Jesus. This expression is the pivot of the Epistle, denoting, not only that Christ Jesus is the Source of blessing, but also that we get the blessing, i.e. by vital union and fellowship with, him. The "without Christ" of ver. 12 contrasts powerfully with "in Christ Jesus" of this verse; and the addition of "Jesus" to the name is significant, denoting his saving power, denoting One who is not merely an official Savior, but to whom we get linked by all manner of endearing qualities and personal attractions, whose human name is Jesus, because he saves his people from their sins. Ye that once were far off are become near. The apostle has slidden into a new figure; formerly the contrast was between death and life, now it is between distance and nearness. Not merely geographical distance, or remoteness in respect of outward position, but moral distance too: ye were far off from God, i.e. from his favor, his fellowship, his gracious pardoning and renewing grace. In this sense too ye are now brought near. God is become your God and Father. Your orbit is changed to a near and blessed position, where the light of God's countenance falls upon you. In the blood of Christ. This is the particular instrument of the change; not merely Christ manifesting the Father's readiness to receive you, but shedding his blood to make atonement for you (see Ephesians 1:7). The preposition ἐν (not merely διὰ) is again significant, denoting more than the instrumentality, viz. personal connection with the blood, as if sprinkled on us, so that we are symbolically in it. Cleansing us from all sin, it brings us nigh.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But now in Christ Jesus,.... Being openly and visibly in Christ, created in him, and become believers in him; as they were before secretly in him, as chosen and blessed in him before the foundation of the world:

ye who sometimes were far off; who in their state of unregeneracy were afar off from God, and from his law, and from any spiritual knowledge of him and fellowship with him; and from Jesus Christ, and from the knowledge of his righteousness, and the way of salvation by him; and from the Spirit, and any acquaintance with the things of the Spirit, and from minding them, and from walking after him; and from the saints and people of God, and from any love to them, and communion with them; and from any solid hopes of happiness, or real peace and comfort; which distance was owing both to Adam's sin and to their own transgressions: it is an observation of a Jewish writer (a) on Genesis 3:9 "where art thou?" he (God) knew where he was, but he said so to show him that he was "afar off from" God by his sin: see Isaiah 59:2, and yet

are made nigh by the blood of Christ: so as to have nearness of access to and communion with God, Father, Son, and Spirit, and the saints, in virtue of the blood of Christ; which gives boldness and speaks peace; by which their persons are justified, the pardon of their sins is procured, reconciliation is made, and their garments are washed, and made white; and so they draw nigh with confidence by the faith of him.

(a) R. Abraham Seba, Tzeror Hammor, fol. 7. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. now—in contrast to "at that time" (Eph 2:12).

in Christ Jesus—"Jesus" is here added, whereas the expression before (Eph 2:12) had been merely "Christ," to mark that they know Christ as the personal Saviour, "Jesus."

sometimes—Greek, "aforetime."

far off—the Jewish description of the Gentiles. Far off from God and from the people of God (Eph 2:17; Isa 57:19; Ac 2:39).

are—Greek, "have been."

by—Greek, "in." Thus "the blood of Christ" is made the seal of a covenant IN which their nearness to God consists. In Eph 1:7, where the blood is more directly spoken of as the instrument, it is "through His blood" [Alford].

Ephesians 2:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
One in Christ
12remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,…
Cross References
Isaiah 57:19
creating praise on their lips. Peace, peace, to those far and near," says the LORD. "And I will heal them."

John 10:16
I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.

Acts 2:39
The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off--for all whom the Lord our God will call."

Romans 3:25
God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood--to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished--

1 Corinthians 12:13
For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body--whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

Ephesians 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God's holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:

Ephesians 2:2
in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.

Ephesians 2:6
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:17
He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

Colossians 1:20
and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
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But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made near by the blood of Christ.

in. See on

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ …

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, …

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things …

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there …

were.

Ephesians 2:12,17,19-22 That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the …

Ephesians 3:5-8 Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it …

Psalm 22:7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they …

Psalm 73:27 For, see, they that are far from you shall perish: you have destroyed …

Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand …

Isaiah 24:15,16 Why glorify you the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD …

Isaiah 43:6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: …

Isaiah 49:12 Behold, these shall come from far: and, see, these from the north …

Isaiah 57:19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, …

Isaiah 60:4,9 Lift up your eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves …

Isaiah 66:19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape …

Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of …

Acts 2:39 For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that …

Acts 15:14 Simeon has declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, …

Acts 22:21 And he said to me, Depart: for I will send you far hence to the Gentiles.

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

Romans 15:8-12 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for …

are.

Ephesians 2:16 And that he might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross, …

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of …

Romans 3:23-30 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…

Romans 5:9,10 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved …

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, …

2 Corinthians 5:20,21 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech …

Colossians 1:13,14,21,22 Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated …

Hebrews 9:18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.

1 Peter 1:18,19 For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible …

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, …

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, …

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