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. (Ephesians 2:14-15)
I hope you will join me this Sunday morning for “Unity of the Body - Part 2” as we continue to work our way through the Book of Ephesians.
Having clearly defined the good news as “salvation by grace through faith and not by works so that no one can boast”; Paul now begins to explain what life looks like in light of this truth. In order to underscore the importance of unity in the Body of Christ, he reminds the gentile Ephesians of just how divided from the people of God they were before Christ.
Formerly they were divided by circumcision, meaning that they were strangers to the covenants and promises of God.
Formerly they were divided by hope - the gentiles did not share in the hope of Messiah, a hope which allowed the people of God to endure incredible hardship with the knowledge that history is headed somewhere, there is a Sovereign plan being worked out.
This Sunday morning we will continue along these lines as we once more dive into the Word of God.