Speaker: Dalton Sim
This week, we focus on Ephesians 2:11-18.
As Gentiles or non-Jews, we all were once far from God’s Kingdom, but the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ brought us near. Recall that in Ephesians 1:7 and 2:1-10, Paul described how this happened, how He purchased our redemption and forgiveness. We learnt about the good news, that even though we deserved the wrath of God for our sins, Jesus took the full weight of that punishment for us through the cross. We have been reconciled to God in Christ.
And as we will see today, it is in Christ that the people of God are also reconciled with each other, both Jew and Gentile. And you and me.
WHAT WILL YOU DO
The effects of sin have led to humankind being at enmity with God and inevitably at enmity with ourselves, with one another, and in a certain sense, with all the world. But see what the Lord Jesus Christ has done! In Matthew’s account of the moment of Jesus’ death, “the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom” (27:51). His reference to the curtain of the temple is one that would have been understood by every Jewish reader. It is a reference to the veil between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies, and the fact that it was torn in two from top to bottom indicates in as graphic a way as possible that as the result of Christ’s death, sin has been removed as a barrier between man and God, reconciliation has been achieved, and the way is now open for anyone to approach God—if he or she comes through faith in Jesus Christ and his work.
Bear in mind that the veil between ourselves and God drops only for those who are in Christ. And if we are in Christ, then there can never be a barrier between us and others who are also in Christ, otherwise Christ would be divided. If we are in Him, we are in the same place. We are members of one body, and peace has been restored between all who are members of it. In God’s eyes, we are one with every other believer. John 13:35, “by this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Our unity as believers is a major factor in our witness to the world.
Knowing this, how do we treat one another in our church community?
Do we extend kindness, demonstrate compassion or do we avoid or distance ourselves from others just because they are not like us?
Do we attempt to reach out to someone who is outside of our circle or do we keep to our inner circle of friends all the time and stay in a ‘holy huddle’ for comfort?
Examine your heart. Which of God’s children have you treated less than an equal?
Boice, J. M. (1988). Ephesians: an expositional commentary (p. 85). Ministry Resources Library.
“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility…” – Ephesians 2:14 (NIV)