For example, many in our country say that if we had just used diplomacy with the Muslim extremists, we could have avoided war. Selfish pride is at the root of most of the anger that divides families. The law condemned Jew and Gentile alike, because it clearly proves that we all have sinned against God. v. 14c. I’m not suggesting that we should be quick to go to war, but I am saying that if we try to negotiate, we had better keep in mind the fact that all people are selfish, proud sinners. Jesus Christ is the way! Paul goes on to say that the gospel includes the reconciliation of Jews and Gentiles into one new humanity. 3:17), “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” Because Jesus satisfied God’s righteous demands, through His death that paid our penalty, God offers complete reconciliation and peace to everyone who trusts in Jesus. If the church is God’s instrument in Christ for reconciliation between peoples of all kinds, how can it prove itself to the world when reconciliation is difficult even among its own members? When he finally saw him coming in the distance, the father felt compassion for him, ran to him, embraced him, kissed him, and joyously welcomed him back into the family. What implications does this have for Christian unity. d. What are we built to become? Probably Paul is referring not only to Jesus’ earthly ministry, but also to His preaching the gospel through the apostles and others in the early church, who, beginning with Peter, preached to the Gentiles (Acts 10; 11:20). Eph. This barrier in the temple symbolized the deep hostilities between the Jews and the Gentiles. We might compare it to the divide between whites and blacks in the South in our country, or to the conflict between the Shiite and Sunni Muslims in the Middle East. Why? Ephesians 2 ESV - By Grace Through Faith - And you were - Bible Gateway. At the source of this new peace is that Christ has come to dwell in each heart, subduing our selfishness and pride. The Peace and Reconciliation of Ephesians 2:14 July / August 2018 . He uses the word “peace” four times (2:14, 15, 17 [twice]). So even though we are prone toward conflict, even with other believers, the way toward peace is to have Christ reigning as Lord in each heart. Paul was in the temple when a mob falsely accused him of bringing Trophimus, an Ephesian Gentile, beyond the barrier (Acts 21:27-36). Two faithful women in the Philippian church had some sort of conflict, which Paul was concerned about (Phil. Why not? Worship Service for Harpeth Baptist Church in Kingston Springs, TN. They were the strangers to the covenants of the promise (Eph. d. What is their third circumstance? Lesson objective: To understand that the former world was divided into two hostile groups of Jews and Gentiles. They would never eat with a Gentile. When Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, treats them kindly, and forgives them for the terrible thing that they had done in selling him into slavery, it is a moving testimony to the power of reconciled relationships. What does Paul mean by “far off” and “brought near?”. f. What is the implication of the fifth in regards to salvation? Hallelujah! Plans. What do you say? “For He Himself is our peace…” (2:14). One is the story of Joseph and his brothers. Sunday, January 10, 2021. Another barrier kept them from going any further in. They were separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, strangers to the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. Reconciliation is his theme. But not beyond a good preacher’s ability to utilize in a communal setting. Here Paul says (2:18), “through Him [Christ], we both [Jew and Gentile] have our access in one Spirit to the Father.” At the heart of the gospel is that we now have access to God, whom Paul here calls, “the Father.” This means that Christianity is not a religion of rituals. Eph. Cain proudly thought that his sacrifice to God was better than his brother’s sacrifice. They shook the dust off their feet after traveling in Gentile territory before coming back to the Holy Land, so as not to defile the land. As John MacArthur put it (The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, Ephesians [Moody Press], p. 76), “Peace comes only when self dies, and the only place self truly dies is at the foot of Calvary.”. Those are both relational commandments. How can we work to restore demonstrable unity among genuine believers? Epistles: Ephesians 2:11-22 – The Divine Reconciliation in Christ. When God rejected Cain’s sacrifice, he grew angry and murdered his brother. It is a personal relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit. In this session, Voddie Baucham unpacks Ephesians 2:10-11 to show the sufficiency of Christ’s death on the cross to bring us near in perfect reconciliation. 4. What are the results of reconciliation as opposed to our previous condition as Gentiles? It includes people in this church. While the doctrine of the Trinity is a mystery that we cannot completely explain or understand, the Bible is clear that the one God exists in three eternal persons, each of whom is fully God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. ... Then racial reconciliation is further encouraged by the proclamation of the gospel. Why or why not? Ephesians 2.13-22. 5:1), “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” So the basis for being reconciled to God is not anything that you do, but only by trusting in what Jesus did for you on the cross. Ephesians 2:15 "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;" Christ forever broke down (the Greek aorist tense signifies completed action), every dividing wall by; “abolished in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances”. In other words, this was God’s plan for the reconciliation of both Jews and Gentiles into one new people in Christ. Thus Paul’s first point is that through the cross, Christ reconciled us all to one another. The only way to know peace and reconciliation with the holy God is to be justified by faith (Rom. As I understand it, Paul is saying here what he elsewhere states (Rom. Rulers want greater power and more territory because it feeds their pride. v. 12a. Religious people (the Jews), those who know about the covenants of God’s promise of salvation, also need to hear the good news. Based on Ephesians 2:1-10, evangelicals often define the gospel with reference to our reconciliation to God (see esp. But, how? He paid the debt in full for all that believe in Him! Ephesians 2 – God’s Way of Reconciliation A. (Ephesians 2:12-16) ” Tom Donlon on July 1, 2015 at 7:28 pm said: Looking at some scriptures that relate to this topic it became apparent that being a “peacemaker” and following the commands to live in peace with each other … and to pursue peace …etc etc that this requires having a forgiving spirit … a kind spirit that wants to help all (or at least the people involved). But Joseph wept and treated them kindly because he recognized God’s sovereign purpose in what had happened. This is a rich and long reading. Verse 18 is deliberately trinitarian, because the Trinity demonstrates perfectly the harmony and unity that we are to strive for in the church. But the world refuses to acknowledge this. Jesus Christ broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, which created enmity between the Jews and the Gentiles. One of the marks of true conversion is when those who formerly were deeply hostile towards one another begin to pursue peace with one another. In: Ephesians. The greater the social and cultural differences between people, the more likely it is that conflict will increase. 3:5-6), “circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.” But, keep reading (3:7), “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.” He goes on to emphasize that he did not stand before God in a righteousness of his own derived from the Law, but rather through the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith (3:9). Because Christian unity is such a big deal, is it sinful to form various denominations? 10:32), the last embracing former Jews and Gentiles.” Thus the church is a new humanity or new race. Second, are you pursuing peace with your fellow believers? Good works won’t gain access to the holy God. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Discipleship, Spiritual Growth, and Christian Living. Now He reconciles this one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. Paul has just rehearsed the sad plight of the Gentiles before Christ (2:11-12). Two stories in the Bible evoke strong feelings in me every time I read them. To underestimate the sinfulness of the human heart only leads to disaster later. See Leviticus 12:1-3. b. The race riots which followed Rodney King’s arrest and beating by police in Los Angeles in 1992 produced burning, looting, and destruction. v. 14b. v. 19. Here Paul 1 focuses on the reconciliation of Jew and Gentile, which falls within God’s bigger move of reconciling humanity from sin and death to life. The book is is about God's way of reconciliation … And, we need peace in our immediate and extended families. A well-maintained wall surrounding a beautifully manicured garden is valuable and beneficial. v. 22. Paul's theme in this chapter continues to be the glorious blessings of the saved \"in Christ,\" as contrasted with their former state of being without any hope whatever. (Ephesians 2:5-7) The past, present and future of God’s work of individual reconciliation. Wyatt Ciesielka There are real walls, and there are symbolic walls. The Ephesians passage makes it obvious that man can never be spiritually reconciled to man apart from his reconciliation to God. Paul is making the radical assertion that Christ has erased these centuries of racial hatred. Christ not only made peace, but He is our peace. Home. Peace with God comes only through the cross of Jesus Christ. He did this to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace Ephesians 3:6 d. Through what means alone can reconciliation take place? v. 20. Who are in the foundation? In: Ephesians. He instituted the new covenant in His blood, which puts His holy law into the hearts of believers (Heb. Outside the Temple there was a yard, called the court of the Gentiles, and a wall. Husbands and wives argue and fight because each one wants his or her way and is not willing to consider the other’s point of view. Ephesians 2 emphasizes the community of the Body, so I think the whole text is more fitting for a communal celebration. We need peace in our communities. Christ has by His death done away with the law, in order to make the Jew and the Gentile into one new man (Ephesians 2:15), and (and consequently) so to accomplish the reconciliation of both with God, that they should as one body be reconciled with God through the cross, after He has slain thereon the enmity which hitherto existed between them. 5:17-19). To the extent that He is truly Lord of your life and my life, we will experience peace between us, because He does not fight with Himself. How about the Jews? This chapter contains an account, I. 4:2-3). What about the name for the Jews? So he begins with the problem at hand and then goes deeper to the foundational reconciliation with God that results in reconciliation between formerly hostile groups. f. Who has access to the Father? Can you describe the architecture of this spiritual building? On the wall at intervals was placed a warning for a Gentile not to enter further on the penalty of death. Key text: “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. The logical way to deal with the topic would be to start with reconciliation with God and then go on to reconciliation on the human level. Even Gentile converts to Judaism had to keep their distance in the temple. v. 17. It is a reality that we must walk in, but it has already been accomplished in Christ. 5. As such, both the content and the manner in which he handles the text are superb. God’s holy law created a barrier between sinners and God. Children rebel against their parents because they want their way. Ephesians 2:11-12 The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation Noted international evangelist Billy Graham stated: “Racial and ethnic hostility is the foremost social problem facing our world today.” This startling observation suggests that racism is more than just one of many problems in the world. Inside that barrier only Jewish men were permitted, but only to find another barrier for the priests alone to enter. Based on Ephesians 2:1-10, evangelicals often define the gospel with reference to our reconciliation to God (see esp. The Peace and Reconciliation of Ephesians 2:14 July / August 2018 . Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition © The Lockman Foundation, Related Topics: Ecclesiology (The Church), Atonement, Forgiveness, Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. “Christ Alone Is the World’s Reconciliation and Peace” Rev. Sunday, January 10, 2021. Invariably, pacifists make the mistake of thinking that people are basically good (not basically evil) and if we just treat them nicely and sit down and talk, they will be nice to us in return. Being at peace with God is the foundation for peace with others. While the Jews were God’s chosen people because of His grace alone, not because of anything meritorious in them, they had become proud and had developed an intense hatred for the Gentiles. Colossians 1:19-23 and Romans 5:10,11 spell out precisely why man needs to be reconciled to God - because man is at odds with God. He thought that he had negotiated “peace in our times,” but he ignored Hitler’s pride and evil intent. There cannot be any lasting peace among sinners apart from the radical solution of the cross. Only Jews who had properly gone through the cleansing rituals could approach the altar with their sacrifices. 3. At the heart of all of these conflicts is sin. First, the covenant-law given at Sinai was only temporary. Why? This led to a riot, which led to Paul’s imprisonment. (Eph 2:11-12) The need for the reconciliation of Gentile and Jew. Pastor Chance Strickland. Key text: “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. They shook the dust off their feet aft… They viewed them as uncircumcised dogs. 2. 2:15 with Matt. In verse 17, Paul paraphrases Isaiah 57:19, “And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near.” By “you who were far away,” Paul means, the Gentiles. But when sin entered the human race, it alienated Adam and Eve from God and from one another. Of the great and mighty privileges that both converted Jews and Gentiles receive from Christ . The one God has enjoyed perfect fellowship and love between the three persons from eternity. Pride is at the heart of all racism and all sin. It is a reality that we must walk in, but it has already been accomplished in Christ. But that last section, verses 8-10, seems good for individual reconciliation as well. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of two, thus making peace” (Ephesians 2:14-15). Why? 14-16). Wayne Grudem defines reconciliation as… If they have been reconciled to God through faith in Christ and you have too, then you must do all that you can to be reconciled to them. 3:19-24). Like the section found in Ephesians 2:1-10 where he taught that we were once dead and God brought us to life. Reconciliation - Ephesians 2:11 -22 Manifold Mystery - Ephesians 3 Unity of the Church - Ephesians 4:1-10 Building the Body - Ephesians 4:10-16 Old Man, New Man - Ephesians 4:17-32 Imitation of God - Ephesians 5:1-14 Wives, Submit Yourselves - Ephesians 5:15 – 33 Children and Slaves - Ephesians 6:1 – 9 Armor of God - Ephesians 6:10 – 24 21 June 2020. Unless indicated otherwise, all scripture quotations on this website are from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Second, God has called a new people to himself based on the promised new covenant. What two have been made one, and how is this done? This new humanity would no longer be Jews or Gentiles but Christian believers. Mr. If you know the White House chief of staff, he can gain you access to the President. Does debt affect giving in modern times in light of the Israelite tithe and slaves? This means that if you are counting on getting into heaven because of your religion or your good deeds, you will not succeed. Also. Are we second-class citizens after Jewish believers? Wyatt Ciesielka There are real walls, and there are symbolic walls. There are helpful walls, and there are harmful walls. Perhaps his heart was burdened with the very real danger of the Jewish and Gentile wings of the church splitting into factions. We have to view any and all conflict through the lens of the person of Christ. Many Jews say that Jesus was just a man or at best a misunderstood prophet, and that Paul was an apostate Jew. 10 – Ephesians 2:11-15 – Reconciliation. It’s easy to discern Paul’s theme here. The Reconciliation of Man to God & One Another . They were separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, strangers to the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. Paul chronicles his own religious credentials (Phil. Yet that’s not all God does in the gospel. The testimony of the cross before a strife-torn world depends on it. The key focus in this text is reconciliation. Who made the peace? 10 – Ephesians 2:11-15 – Reconciliation. The fact that Christ is our peace does not mean that peace happens automatically, even between sincere, godly believers. Neville Chamberlain made that mistake with Hitler. Paul addresses this vital subject in our text. 2:12). 8:6-13). People from one nationality have difficulty understanding those from other nationalities. But the law also created a barrier between the Jews and the Gentiles. b. So the law created a barrier between the Jews and the Gentiles. c. Who or what is this building that is being addressed? Through the cross, Christ reconciled us all to one another and to God. Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ (NASB: Lockman). “Access” means “introduction,” much as a common person would be introduced to the king through the king’s representative. The priests alone could perform the sacrifices and ceremonies. 2:14-15), “For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, the enmity, by abolishing in His flesh the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace.”. There were the rich and the poor; free persons and slaves; men and women; Romans and barbarians; and so on. But from a theological point of view, there were only two major divisions: Jews and Gentiles (2:11-12). Jesus said that the greatest commandment in the Law is to love God with our entire being. What is the first of five conditions attributed to the Gentiles? 1. Ephesians 2 - NIV: As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. A Simple Bible Study Resource Reconciliation (2:16) Normal Word for “Reconcile” (katallasso): to change from one condition to another; a change of attitude or relationship the word used of bringing together friends who have been estranged // William Barclay, The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians, The New Daily Study Bible (Louisville, KY; London: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002), 134. Jesus Christ changed this forevermore! His root sin was pride. This is a copy of "God's Way of Reconciliation, Studies in Ephesians Chapter 2" by D.M. Ephesians 2:14-16 – 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. Q. He is Making One People (Ephesians 2:13-18) [13] But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. The second greatest is that we should love our neighbor as ourselves (Matt. What law is Paul referring to? Do you think that there will ever be a true reconciliation between orthodox Jews and evangelical Christians within our lifetime? Many stipulations in the law excluded Gentiles from the Jewish forms of worship. (The Greek word “Christ” means “Anointed one”). In this verse, can you detect the Trinity at work in the reconciliation of humanity? What steps can the local church take to improve relationships among its own ranks? They viewed them as uncircumcised dogs. Note three things from these verses: The source of the hostility between the Jews and Gentiles was sinful pride. Also. SOLI DEO GLORIA! Read. The dividing wall has been taken down (Ephesians 2:14), with the law of commandments abolished to make one new family (Ephesians 2:15), creating reconciliation and ending hostility (Ephesians 2:16). How could there be peace as long as all these distinctions remained? The other is Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son. So it is vital for the local church to display the peace of Christ in order to glorify Him before a world that only knows strife and conflict. See 1 Samuel 17:26. Perhaps they are a part of another church. 3:11). Who inhabits this place? When He saves us, we are “created in Christ Jesus” (2:10). As Paul puts it (Rom. Even Paul and Barnabas had a sharp dispute that led them to part ways in their missionary endeavors (Acts 15:36-40). 2:1-10). What are the implications of this name for the Gentiles? However, even Israel’s light was a dim one at best, for God’s greater glory had not as yet been revealed in full. You Are Heard. 14:19), “So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.” The Bible says that we must “seek peace and pursue it” (1 Pet. And so the great problem of the human race is, how can we be reconciled to a holy God from whom we are estranged because of our sin and rebellion? Read the following verses and respond to the questions: a. v. 14a. a. What is Christ’s role in the redemptive task of reconciling all people unto himself? What is the barrier called? From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. He further explains that the source of this enmity was “the Law of commandments contained in ordinances.” The word “abolished” means “nullified” or “rendered inoperative.” “In His flesh” refers to Christ’s death on the cross. And peace to those who were far away and peace to those who were far away peace! 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