Near to God or Far Away? (Sat. Jan. 8)

The word of the day is “near.”  What does it mean to be close to God and what does it mean to be far away from Him?  In today’s reading from Ephesian’s 2:11-13, Paul gives a succinct answer “At that time you 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” (vs. 12). Either Near to or Far Away From God Paul suggests that when it comes to our relationship with our Creator and Redeemer, there is no halfway.  We are either “near” location (Strong’s #1451) or “far away” (Strong’s #3112).  But what does it mean to be “far off” from God? The…