Ephesians 2:16

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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

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

This verse explains and builds on the thought of the previous verse. Together they read –

“…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.”… Read the rest

Ephesians 2:15

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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

…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, Ephesians 2:15

This verse brings in a question upon which scholars are divided. Is “having abolished in His flesh the enmity” speaking of “the middle wall of separation” of the previous verse, or of “the law of commandments contained in ordinances”?… Read the rest

Ephesians 2:11

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Monday, 1 August 2016

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

Paul has been describing the woeful state of the Gentiles for the past few verses. In verse 13 we then read, “ But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”… Read the rest

Ephesians 2:13

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Sunday, 31 July 2016

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

The words “But now” are set in contrast to the words of the previous verse. In former days, the Gentiles were:

  • Without Christ
  • Alienated from the commonwealth of Israel
  • Strangers of the covenants of the promise
  • Having no hope
  • Without God in the world

But now “in Christ Jesus” means that we have moved positionally from Adam to Him.… Read the rest

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