But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
And that he might reconcile [apokatallasso] both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
When Jesus Christ gave his life for ours he was carrying out God's will to reconcile the world unto Himself. God was acting to make it available for us to put aside the enmity that exists between us and to bring us back together with Him. Apokatallasso means means to fully reconcile. It is to put away ALL enmity so that a friendly, peaceful and united standing follows and there is nothing that remains to cause division or separation.
God acted in Christ and through him we both (Jews and Gentiles) have access by one spirit unto the Father. We were separated by the sin of Adam which resulted in man losing his spiritual connection with God. We were without God and without hope in the world. We were separated. We were enemies of God.
God's action in Christ made His gift of holy spirit available to
us. Via holy spirit we have access to God our Father.
God's gift makes us His children. All enmity is
removed and nothing can separate us from Him ever again. We are no
longer enemies. We are no longer strangers. We are no
longer foreigners. Our standing has become that of members of
God's household. We are now His children with complete access to
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled [katallasso] to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled [katallasso], we shall be saved by his life.
And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement [reconciliation - katallage].
We were enemies of God. God's action in Christ - the death
of His son - allowed us to put aside the enmity that existed between us
and change our standing to one of unity with God. There is no
action that we could have done that would bring us back together with
God. God acted and we accepted His action. The action which
allows us to lay aside the enmity and change our standing is from God's
side alone. We simply accepted His action and received a
unified standing. NOW, we rejoice that have received
reconciliation. We do not need to seek it. We just need to
And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile [apokatallasso] all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled [apokatallasso]
In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
enemies. We WERE alienated. Yet, NOW we are
reconciled. NOW we are holy. NOW we are unblameable.
NOW we are unreprovable in his sight. Nothing can separate us
ever again. We have received reconciliation!
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Nothing can separate us. Here, ten items are listed that we are to be persuaded about. The list is all inclusive - nothing is left out.