Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God (Eph 2:19)~ All mankind, being naturally children of disobedience, children of wrath; slaves to Satan, the author of that proud, carnal disposition that keeps us dead in trespasses with no desire for spiritual pleasures; finds itself in a state of sin and conformity to this world. In this state we are without Christ, being aliens from the inheritances of His kingdom, and strangers from the covenants of His promise, having no hope, and without God in the world! A sad and terrible description is here; but who is able to remove himself out of it? Who can, without trembling, reflect upon the misery of a person, separated forever from the people of God, cut off from the body of Christ, fallen from the covenant of promise, having no hope, no Savior, 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. Yes it is FINISHED!! Through the person, sacrifice, and mediation of Christ, we are now allowed to draw near to God as our FATHER, and are brought with acceptance into His presence. We are a part of Him and His family and are heirs to the inheritance of His kingdom, His promises and His eternal blessing! God has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus…everlasting peace has been made by the cross! Christ, our Champion; purchased the way for us to come to God; and the Holy Spirit gives us a heart to come, and strength to come, and then grace to serve God acceptably. To God be the Glory!!