“Yet, now in Christ Jesus, you who were at one time far away have come near in the blood of Christ.”
“There is no one who comprehends; no one who seeks after God.”
“No one is able to come to me if the Father who sent me has not dragged him; yet, I will raise him on the last day.”
The drawing near to God is clear, obvious, and to be celebrated. Yet, we must always be reminded as to why we have drawn near. It is not because we chose to draw near to God; he has drawn us to himself. Too many people like the pride of saying that they have done so, that they have chosen to pursue God, or that they have accepted Christ in faith. No, my friends, that is not the case. We have been brought close by God himself and the means by which he has made that possible is by the blood of Jesus Christ.
Herein these words we also find the ultimate fulfillment of God’s prophesy through Zechariah:
“The one’s far off shall come and build the temple of Yahweh and you shall know that Yahweh of Armies has sent me to you. It will be if you hear and obey the voice of Yahweh your God.”
Certainly, in the immediate context, Zechariah is speaking of the coming of Ezra and then of Nehemiah. Yet, there is an eternal fulfillment to these words as well. For all Christians are as stones formed by no human hand to become the greater Temple of God that would replace the temple which Solomon built (1 Peter 4-5). Truly, the latter glory of the house will far exceed its former glory (Haggai 2:9).