RICHARD DEAN BROOKS
JESUS IS OUR PEACE!!!
14For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15by 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, 16and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.18For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
2: 14-22 Christ has destroyed the barriers people build between themselves and others. Because these walls have been removed, we can have real unity with people who are not like us. We have true reconciliation with God and with each other. Because of Christ’s death, we are all unified, on the same side, citizens of the same kingdom (2: 14); our hostility against each other has been put to death (2: 16); we can all have access to the Father by the Holy Spirit (2: 18); we are no longer strangers or foreigners to God (2: 19); and we are all being built into a holy temple with Christ as our chief cornerstone (2: 20-21).Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible
2: 15 By his death, Christ ended the reason for angry resentment between Jews and Gentiles, caused by the Jewish laws that favored the Jews and excluded the Gentiles. When Christ died, he accomplished the purpose of that whole system of Jewish laws. Then he took the two groups who had been opposed to each other and made them parts of himself. “One new humanity” refers to the single entity that Christ made out of the two. Thus, he fused all believers together to become one in himself. 2: 17-18 The Jews were near to God because they already knew of him through the Scriptures and worshiped him in their religious ceremonies. The Gentiles were far away because they knew little or nothing about God. Because neither group could be saved by good deeds, knowledge, or sincerity, both needed to hear about the salvation available through Jesus Christ. Both Jews and Gentiles are now free to come to God through Christ. You have been brought near to him (2: 13).Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible
ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS knowing that as long as it is JESUS being the only way to heaven, we are to put away all our denominational problems LIVING IN PEACE and worship the one and only true SAVIOUR!! JESUS CHRIST!!
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