June 2, 2010

Who else (could bring us back to God), but God?: Ephesians 2:11-20

Our Ephesians Study( cont.)
Ephesians 2:11-22
 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.{Remember it was nothing you did that allowed you to draw near to God- allowing you the benefits and the hopes of the promises that were given to Israel ( the Prince of God) }13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. {It is in Christ Jesus- God bridged the Gap between spirit and flesh, when He , who is Holy, He who is Spirit, thus the Holy Spirit, dwelled in the specially prepared body. This Body , completely human, was able to experience hunger, pain, joys, fatigue, and able to bleed- a spirit can not. Through this simulcast, God reconciled the world unto himself, manifested his name as Yeshua John 17:6, 17:26), or Jehovah who saves, and this name carries the power to save, because of the shed pure blood. We can come near to Christ, washed in the blood, by being washed in the name that carries the blood.} 

Christ Our Peace
14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. {Jesus is our peace because  God made peace, through Jesus Christ, between the spirit and the flesh, by joining the two; that he might reconcile, or bring back into harmony, both body and Spirit, unto himself. For god was pleased to have all  his fullness dwell in the body of Christ, and through Jesus, to reconcile to himself all things- spirit and flesh- on earth or in  heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross ( Colossians 1:19-20) We were out of tune with God, and the blood is the tuning fork, putting us back in harmony with THE HOLY SPIRIT, God himself.}17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Christ Our Cornerstone
19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,{The apostles and Prophets are the new testament  believer's foundation. They themselves were built from Christ- God with us. AS believers we also believe his prophets, which in Hebrew translates to " one who speaks under God's divine influence". Prophet was not necessarily one who spoke the future, but , spoke God's word. Apostle is the Greek word for "one sent out by God", or " one sent out with divine message and powers from God". It is this group of people that Paul declared to be  the churches' foundation. Believe his prophets so shall ye prosper ( 2 chronicles 20:20) and this is the work of God, that you believe on him, whom he has sent ( John 6:29)}

 21 in whom [Christ Jesus] the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

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