But don’t take any of this for granted. It was only yesterday that you outsiders to God’s ways had no idea of any of this, didn’t know the first thing about the way God works, hadn’t the faintest idea of Christ. You knew nothing of that rich history of God’s covenants and promises in Israel, hadn’t a clue about what God was doing in the world at large. Now because of Christ—dying that death, shedding that blood—you who were once out of it altogether are in on everything. The Messiah has made things up between us so that we’re now together on this, both non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders. He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance. He repealed the law code that had become so clogged with fine print and footnotes that it hindered more than it helped. Then he started over. Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody. (Eph 2:11-15. MSG)
So you’re given a death sentence and place on death row at a maximum-security prison, no life, no hope and nothing to look forward to. Now I know that you were not physically in prison, but spiritually, before you were saved, you were exiled from all the blessings, the close relationship with God and eternal life.
But now, that wall of separation has been broken down, the code and the sentence against us canceled and all the covenant blessings made available. Christ came to the prison, opened the door, canceled the sentence and let you go. He who the Son sets free is free indeed. So why would you allow anyone to put you back into that prison, with their rules and regulations? Don’t!