TEXT: Ephesians 2:13-22(NKJV)

2:13. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

2:14. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,

2:15. 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,

2:16. and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.

2:17. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.

2:18. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

2:19. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

2:20. having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner[stone,]

2:21. in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,

2:22. in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

STUDY: Because of sin, the gentiles were spiritually separated from God and without hope in a world of sin (John 10:15,16). However, through the grace of God that was manifested by the blood of Jesus, they have the opportunity to come near through obedience to the gospel. Paul thus reminds the Ephesians that they were now in a covenant relationship with God through the blood of Jesus.

Our salvation is dependent on the work of the three manifestations of the eternal Godhead. In verse 18, Paul states that through Jesus, we have access to the Father by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit revealed that truth which was necessary for men to obey in order to be reconciled to God, through the sacrificial blood of Jesus (John 14:26;-16:23). There existed a wall of partition in the temple to mark the point beyond which gentiles could not go to in the temple courtyard (Acts 21:28ff). This barrier between Jews and gentiles was broken down by the sacrificial blood of Jesus. Through this medium (the blood of Jesus), cultural peace and reconciliation was established between the Jews and gentiles. God Almighty is kind and merciful, but sin separated us from Him (Isa. 59:1); we can only be restored through Jesus.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, I put my trust in the sacrificial blood ofJesus to break every barrier stopping me from having access to you, Amen.

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