Thursday, December 30, 2010

He Is Our Peace

Ephesians 2:14 KJV
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

He is our peace. And how we need peace in our world today. The peace spoken of is between believers of different cultures; namely the Jews and the Gentiles, but the same peace ought to create peace among all believers, regardless of background, culture, class or race.

Jesus Christ brings peace among people groups,
By breaking down the wall between us
I see this wall as the prejudice that separates people groups. Through Jesus Christ those prejudices are broken down. We see people not as from different people groups but as believers in Christ, therefore brethren in Christ.

By abolishing the law of commandments contained in the ordinances
The Mosaic Law is no longer relevant either for the Jews or the Gentiles. Insisting on any practice of them only serves to continue the differences between peoples.

By making of two one new man
In this passage that "new man" is the church. We come together into the same church and become a new person. Together, members of the same church, though having varied backgrounds and tastes find common ground in the cause of their church.

By reconciling both unto God
The enmity slain is the difference in fellowship with God. The woman at the well brought up those differences. "We worship at this mountain" she told Jesus, "But ye say in this place God is to be worshiped." Jesus' response was that a time is coming when we worship at neither mountain but in Spirit and in truth.

By preaching the same peace to those far off and those nigh
This is illustrated in the book of Acts with the same ministry of the Holy Ghost in the Jews of Acts 2, Samaritans of Acts 10 and Gentiles in Acts 19. The message of salvation is the same to every race, culture and people group. The result of salvation is the same to every race culture and people group. Therefore there is no real difference between any race culture or people group.

God give us peace.

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