But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made near by the blood of Christ.
I once heard a very earnest minister say that he had been accosted by a man who had heard him preach, with this criticism: "I don't like your theology at all — it's too bloody. It savours so of the shambles, it's all blood, blood, blood. I like a pleasanter gospel." He replied to his objector: "My theology is bloody, I allow; it recognizes as its foundation a very sanguinary scene — the death of Christ, with bleeding hands and feet and side. And I am quite content that it should be bloody, for God hath said, 'that without shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.'"
(C. D. Foss.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.