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By the cross of Christ anyone from any walk of life can have access to the Father.

BibleGateway: Ephesians 2:11-18

ESV Text: Ephesians 2:11-18

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:16 and ends at about 2:31

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     11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye 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: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

     14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 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; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 214:
Lo, God to Heaven Ascendeth

— Organ Audio

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1. Lo, God to heaven ascendeth! 
Throughout its regions vast 
With shouts triumphant blendeth 
The trumpet’s thrilling blast: 
Sing praise to Christ the Lord; 
Sing praise with exultation, 
King of each heathen nation, 
The God of hosts adored! 

2. With joy is heaven resounding 
Christ’s glad return to see; 
Behold the saints surrounding 
The Lord who set them free. 
Bright myriads, thronging, come; 
The cherub band rejoices, 
And loud seraphic voices 
All welcome Jesus home. 

3. From cross to throne ascending, 
We follow Christ on high 
And know the pathway wending 
To mansions in the sky. 
Our Lord is gone before; 
Yet here He will not leave us, 
But soon in heaven receive us 
And open wide the door. 

4. Our place He is preparing; 
To heaven we, too, shall rise, 
With Him His glory sharing, 
Be where our Treasure lies. 
Bestir thyself, my soul! 
Where Jesus Christ has entered, 
There let thy hope be centered; 
Press onward toward the goal. 

5. Let all our thoughts be winging 
To where Thou didst ascend, 
And let our hearts be singing: 
“We seek Thee, Christ, our Friend, 
Thee, God’s exalted Son, 
Our Life, and Way to heaven, 
To whom all power is given, 
Our Joy and Hope and Crown.”