Meditations in the letter to the Ephesians: #23

 

 

 

 

#23

Ephesians 2:14-16

“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.”

 

 

The Apostle John speaks to one part of this in the Book of John and says, “Out of his (Clarification: the Living-Word-Jesus) fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” Grace to this grace in Jesus Christ simply means that from Adam to Jesus God had dispensed a certain kind of Grace by calling out men, women, and children to Himself and by revealing His Nature, Power, and His Will to a called-out peoples prior to the Incarnation of Jesus (God become flesh).

 

The writer of this first verse (the Apostle Paul) begins speaking to the Law of Moses (which wasn’t antithetical to Grace) and of Jesus Christ begins with the word “peace.” This Peace that is Jesus Christ Himself as God the Son- son of man and Son of God entered two areas in the lives of the Ephesians: 1.) The enmity between the Jews and Gentiles or what one would consider irreconcilable differences. 2.) The enmity between God and Hebraic/Jewish and Gentile peoples who were Not at peace with God. This Apostle Paul says, “For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”

 

Do you know what’s on God’s Heart of Hearts right now? Peace and Oneness are on God’s heart for all of mankind and there is only one door when mankind will be reconciled to mankind who are at enmity and there is only one door for all these peoples from the North to the South to the East to the West – the vast expanse of planet earth- God in Jesus Christ by the work and power of the Spirit. When we become one with Jesus- by faith- in His name, we immediately become “at peace” with our fellow man which we were once at war with over differences. Now, in Jesus- we find all manner of mankind in all manner of places on the earth with all manner of languages and dialects- One- One Holy Church unified.

 

Also- we become “at peace” with God the Father through God the Son- Jesus the Christ- by the Sovereign Work and Power of the Spirit. This Oneness is surely Liberty- Liberty from Moses Law which no man had perfectly kept til Jesus came and in his body fulfilled obeying every single command in his body- his flesh. It is liberty from everyone scattered going in all manner of directions as Jesus said, “I AM the gate.” So- we are on the same team as it were. Isn’t that Good News…reconciled to others and reconciled back into God’s Liberty as it says: “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Reader, how do I know Oneness/Unity is on God’s heart? Jesus prayed in what was called His Great High Priestly Prayer: “Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. The Spirit of the Living God is crying-out and working together for Oneness among God’s family of believers full of diversity- yet- similarity and He is crying-out that we may be One with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit even as they just are and choose to be One.  

 

 

 

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