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Ephesians Devotional—Week Two, Day Four (12/10/09)

Ephesians 2:14-18

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, {15} by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, {16} and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. {17} He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. {18} For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Jesus doesn’t just bring peace, He is our peace. Here we see how our Lord brings hostilities between people to an end.

In the first century, there was enmity between Jews and Gentiles. The problems resulted from different culture and expectations. The Jews had the law and its ordinances, while the Gentiles observed none of those things. In the temple, there was actually a wall that kept Gentiles out of the “Jewish only” section of worship. This “dividing wall of hostility” represented the larger issues that separated them.

The Lord’s plan of action was to create one “man” out of both groups. This “man” is actually His church, the body of Christ. Presently, the church is made up of Jews and Gentiles. But to make this new man, He would have to destroy that which divided.

He accomplished that through the cross. In the cross, He fulfilled the meaning of the law, and paid the penalty for it having been broken. In this way, sinful Jews who believed were reconciled to God, as were uncircumcised Gentiles who trusted Christ.

Having both been reconciled to God, they could now be reconciled to each other. First the vertical relationship with God would be restored, and then the horizontal relationship between men could be made whole. This is the solution for the ending of all hostilities … they are done away with in Christ, through His cross.

  1. Remember a time in your life when Jesus brought peace between you and another person. How did He do that?
  2. By faith and in the Spirit, see yourself in Christ, at the foot of the cross. Now see another believer in Christ, at the foot of the cross. How does he or she appear to you now?
  3. Think of someone in your life right now that you are struggling to accept. Write out how the process of peace described in this passage will be the key to reconciliation.
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