Ephesians 2:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Ephesians 2:13, NIV: But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 2:13, ESV: But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 2:13, KJV: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 2:13, NASB: But now in Christ Jesus you who previously were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 2:13, NLT: But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 2:13, CSB: But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

What does Ephesians 2:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

All of the drawbacks described in verses 11 and 12 implied that Paul's Gentile readers had been far from God. In this verse, Paul notes that everything has changed with Jesus. These believers had been "far off," but now they had been "brought near." Their relationship and proximity had changed all because of Christ. As mentioned in prior verses, this change has absolutely nothing to do with human worth, or human effort (Ephesians 2:8–9). It is purely due to the grace of God.

Emphasis is also made regarding the "blood of Christ." Paul mentions this phrase only one other time in 1 Corinthians 10:16, in relation to communion. However, Hebrews includes the phrase in 9:14, noting the blood of Christ can "purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God." First Peter 1:19 adds that the precious blood of Christ is "like that of a lamb without blemish or spot." Christ's blood is perfect to remove the flaws which have separated us from God, and makes us acceptable to Him.