Updated: Feb 10
Division, pride, and jealousy, do we struggle with these today? At the time the apostle Paul wrote Ephesians, this was a real struggle as well.
EPHESIANS 2:11-22 (World English Bible)
“Therefore remember that once you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “uncircumcision” by that which is called “circumcision” (in the flesh, made by hands), that you were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are made near in the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in his flesh the hostility, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man of the two, making peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, having killed the hostility through it. He came and preached peace to you who were far off and to those who were near. For through him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God, being built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief cornerstone; in whom the whole building, fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.”
In the New Testament world of the first century, the world was divided among the Jews and everyone else (Gentiles). Pride, barriers, and walls were all built up between each other. However, in Christ, there is a different vision. A world divided is to be one.
Through Christ, walls of separation are destroyed. Divisions are reconciled, and peace is the result. In Christ, no one is left outside. No one is a foreigner. No one is a stranger, but all are brought near to the Father. In Christ, there is one family, the household of God. His house is not built on the wisdom of the world but on the foundation of the apostles. Christ, Himself fitting and holding each piece together.
Barriers broke down, tensions eased, divisions destroyed, His household is one. God’s family grows and is fitted together to become His dwelling place. A place where each of us is joined.
How about us? Are we being shaped, fitted together, growing to be His dwelling place? Are we being honed through His word so that we are one in Christ?