Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— that at that time you 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 you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Without Jesus, people have no real hope in this world. The hope of the world fades, whatever that source of hope may be, whether it is your career, spouse, money, you name it, it never satisfies. Jesus, on the other hand, gives us substance, His promises are never void. He is faithful even in moments when we aren’t seeking Him, He is always more than enough.
It is never a good thing to dwell on who you use to be before you came to know Jesus, but it is good to remember what the Lord has delivered you from to understand where you used to be . Gentiles who were part of the Ephesian church were once without God, separated from Him, but now because of Jesus, because of His blood that was shed for them, they, like us, are now able to go before God.
Contrary to what most people think, we as humans in our natural sinful state have no access to God. Why? Because our sin separates us from a Holy God, but because Jesus shed His blood for us we have the atonement needed for our sins, so that we may draw near to God, have access to Him through prayer, and to become His children. May we never forget we were once outsiders looking in, but because of Jesus we are now His.
For His Kingdom,