May 19, 2021 – Ephesians 2: 1-10 – A Big House

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Today’s reading is from Ephesians 2: 11-22

11 So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision”—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands— 12 remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15 He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16 and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17 So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18 for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20 built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21 In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

Today’s text has so many neat things for us to hear and to talk about.  We see here the division that is happening in the world between the circumcision and the uncircumcision, in other words, between the Jewish believers and the Gentile believers. There that division is apparent all throughout the New Testament, we see it in Galatians, we see it here. 

And we see that the answer to this division is Jesus. He is our peace, he brings to together through His blood and through the grace that is given to us through the cross.  Through Jesus, we can have peace with God and with each other.  

What is cool to me is when we see that there is this beautiful, big house that is being built, this house where God Himself will dwell, this holy temple, it is built upon the apostles and the prophets, with Jesus as the cornerstone.  I love that concept. 

This big house that is is built, it is the life of faith, it is the walk of faith. This house has its foundation upon the apostles and their teaching, that is the New Testament. It has its foundation upon the prophets, that is the Old Testament. And Jesus is the cornerstone, in other words, what is all built upon and pointing to. 

In other words, our faith, or everything, is built upon the revelation of God as found in scripture that points us to Jesus. We read all the Bible, both Old, and New Testament, looking for Jesus. That is who Scripture points us to.  Jesus.  He is the cornerstone. And everything points to Him. Everything. 

I like to say we pray, read the Bible, and go to church.  In doing that, we will find the power and life of God.  This is the house that He built for us.  May we live fully and deeply in this house. 

Tomorrow, we’ll look at Ephesians 3: 1-13.

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