Ephesians 2:8-16, focusing on 10-13
 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Starting off, Paul reminds us of our origins as Christians, being created in Christ Jesus (see yesterday’s study). And I thought it would be cool to check out the Greek text here just to see what word created is here, and it is the word κτισθέντες, which means “to create, make, or found a people” and another meaning is “to completely change or transform something”. So we have been completely transformed, from our carnal selves (v11-12), into a new creation in Christ.
Let’s look now what God has saved us from. We were in the flesh, the word here is σαρκί, which has a lot of meanings but I believe here it is the definition “the human and earthly nature of man apart from God and prone to sin and destruction”. We also see that we are made by hands, χειροποιήτου meaning “made by the hands/skills of men”, which in my mind means that we are raised by and instructed by man in the way of man, therefore not even able to comprehend the way of God.
We were aliens and strangers, without God’s promise and without hope. I looked up hope just for fun and it is the word ἐλπίδα, meaning “a joyful and confident expectation”. So without Christ we literally did not have hope, we could never look forward and know for sure that anything good was coming, but with Christ we know that we can look forward to our eternal salvation with Him.
So Christ has taken us from what we were; earthly, destructive, built up by man, strangers, aliens, without hope, and far off from anything even remotely spiritual of God. He has taken us from these things and made us new, completely transformed us and brought us close to Him, into Him, into the body of Christ.
Lastly, how? How did God accomplish this feat of changing us all so radically? (Sunday school answer approaches) He did it by sacrificing the life of His son, our precious Christ, who died on that cross, to save each and every one of us, and bring us to Him.
Application: There is not a lot for direct application in this passage, but I think we could just remember where we have come from and remember to praise and thank God for his amazing grace, and remember to treat others with the same love and grace He has shown to us, in hopes that others might see Christ through us.
Thanks for reading, sorry for all the Greek this time, but it really helps me to understand sometimes. Anyway, hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed the study.
Love you all,
J. D. Sonnenberg