|This week we focus on the study of Ephesians chapter two. This letter refers to the Church as a body to illustrate unity of purpose and show how each individual member is a part that must work together with all the other parts. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy|
SCRIPTURE TEXT: “For Christ Himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in His own body on the cross, He broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in Himself one new people from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of His death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.“–Ephesians 2: 14-16(NLT)
Before Christ’s coming, Gentiles and Jews kept apart from one another. Jews considered Gentiles beyond God’s saving power and therefore without hope. Gentiles resented Jewish claims. Christ revealed the total sinfulness of both Jews and Gentiles, and then He offered His salvation to both. Only Christ breaks down the walls of prejudice, reconciles all believers to God, and unifies us in one body.
Christ has destroyed the barriers people build between themselves. Because of Christ’s death, we are all one; our hostility against each other has been put to death; we can all have access to the Father by the Holy Spirit; we are no longer strangers or foreigners to God; and we are all been built into a holt temple with Christ as our Chief Cornerstone.