“Dividing Walls Healed”, 6/7/2020

“Dividing Walls Healed”
Ephesians 2:11-22

I. Bringing Us Near Through Christ – vv. 11-13
Ephesians 2:11-13, “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)– 12 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. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.” (NIV)

A. The Gentiles Were…
“…separate from Christ…”
“…excluded from citizenship in Israel…”
“…foreigners to the covenants of the promise…”,
“…without hope…”
“…without God in the world.”
 

II. Bringing Us Peace And Breaking Down Walls
Ephesians 2:14-18, “For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. 15 He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. 16 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.  17 He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. 18 Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.” (NLT)
 
(Word Study) Reconciliation – This is a powerful word and to understand its full meaning we need to consider it in several ways.
* A change from a hostile to a friendly relationship.
* Bringing together again, a reuniting, a re-connecting.
* The enmity is so completely laid aside that complete good will follows.
* Restoration of something that was there before.
 
 
III. Bringing A Worthy Cornerstone
Ephesians 2:19-22, “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” NIV

A. The Church As A Kingdom – “…fellow citizens…”

B. The Church As A Family – “…members of God’s household…”

C. The Church As A Temple – “…built on the foundation…”

1. The Cornerstone
1 Peter 2:6, “As the Scriptures express it, “I am placing a stone in Jerusalem, a chosen cornerstone, and anyone who believes in him will never be disappointed.” NLT
 
2. The Living Stones
Ephesians 2:21-22

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