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“For he himself is our peace…”
November 6, 2010, 2:49 pm
Filed under: P Letter to the Ephesians

As I continue to read Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, in chapter 2, I notice that Paul seems to go back to reflect life without Christ and then life with Christ, some new aspect about Christ, the riches of having Him as our life.

Immediately after Paul describes the church as being “his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way” Paul describes how we “were dead in your transgressions and sins…objects of wrath” but then gloriously describes how “God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved…” Now after describing that the church is “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” Paul now goes back and describes when they were without Christ’s life.

“Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called ‘uncircumcised’ by those who call themselves ‘the circumcision’ (that done in the body by the hands of men) – remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.” Paul describes how lost we were without Christ being “separate,” “excluded,” “foreigners,” “without hope,” “without God.” Without having received Christ Jesus as Lord, while we may enjoy life in this world and all that it can offer, in reality not having Christ is not having real life. How often we feel lost when someone separates from us, perhaps in a divorce or losing someone special, when someone excludes us from being with them, when going to another country with the culture shock, or when everything seems to fall apart and it seems like there is no hope. And inferred by Paul, excluded by those who think themselves spiritually superior, ‘the circumcision.” How much enmity there is in this life! But in Christ that is no longer true. While those things may happen in the flesh, they are not so in Christ. “But now in Christ Jesus you who were once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.” Amen!

Paul now describes why this is so: “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.” There are so many ways we can put up barriers with each other, so many dividing walls that we can bring up against others, things that bring anger and hostility. All of them have been “destroyed” by Christ when He died on that cross and then rose again! Paul seems to bring a reflection from his letter to the church in Colosse here: “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” But how quickly, when not living by His life do these things come back to bring division in the body of Christ, that which was destroyed by Christ! Not realizing our flesh has been crucified, we can quickly bring a barrier, a dividing wall of hostility between one another in the body of Christ. Our supposed superior spirituality and superior knowledge; lording it over others; judging others for any reason, having a critical spirit; bullying others, being arrogant toward others; submitting to rules, regulations, and human traditions; controlling others through a charismatic personality; being impatient toward others; not willing to listen to others; etc. All of this is flesh, this is NOT living by the Spirit of Christ, the fruit of which is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self control.” How we need to see what Christ did for us on the cross! “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery…the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”

“His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” How He loves us! No wonder Paul wrote earlier: “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” How, by living according to the flesh, we lower ourselves, lower Christ in the eyes of the world. We have been “raised up with Christ”! We formerly lived according to the flesh, but now we live by the life of Christ! He is our peace! Anything that we can hold against someone else, that wall of hostility, has been destroyed in Christ!

Together, brothers and sisters in Christ, we need to see our flesh as already been crucified, so we can listen to our indwelling Christ and live by faith by His life! “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Brothers and sisters let us be careful of things or of those who would cause us to become suspicious of one another, to put a dividing wall of hostility between us. The flesh is deceitful it is not to be trusted. Satan loves to send himself or a messenger as an angel of light to deceive us “by fine sounding arguments” and cause us to be taken “captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” Even things that seem spiritual, religious can divide us if we are not discerning. We are one in Christ! Christ cannot be divided, not even by those things we bring up against one another. How we should mourn when others bring things into the body to divide us. “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble…The Judge is standing at the door.”

We need to see ourselves as members of His body, His sons and daughters, His family, every member having something special, something of the richness of Christ, His great love, to share with each other in freedom! “For through him we both, have access to the Father by one Spirit.” May we live by His life, “for he himself is our peace”!


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Great post! Thanks for sharing 🙂

I’m currently memorizing this passage of Scripture, so this was a great encouragement to read.

Comment by Leah

thanks sis for the kind words, truly incredible what Christ has done for us and His great desire for us to live by Him!

Comment by John Wilson

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