We Are One

 

January 18

 

Read Ephesians 2:14-16

For He Himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in His flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that He might create in Himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 

 

Reflect

How did Jesus Christ make peace between the Gentiles and the Jews?

 

Last week, we talked about the Gentiles and how they had previously been considered outsiders. Gentiles (anyone who is not Jewish) were considered far from God. They were not God’s covenant people and therefore, they were not entitled to the blessings that belonged to the Jewish nation. Throughout history, the Jews warred against many Gentile nations. They were even oppressed and conquered by Gentile nations. The Jews and Gentiles were sworn enemies.

 

Because the Gentiles did not follow God’s laws and were considered “unclean” or “profane” many Jews treated them with disdain. The Torah was like a “dividing wall” between the Jews and non-Jews. In the temple, there was even an actual wall that kept the Gentiles away from the inner courts and away from God’s presence. The wall kept the Gentiles physically and spiritually far from God and separate from the Jewish people.

 

Until Jesus. Paul tells the Ephesians that Jesus Himself is their peace. How? By abolishing the very laws that kept them separate. But Jesus didn’t just make the two separate groups friendly with each other. Paul clearly states that Jesus made the two groups one. This wasn’t just a peace treaty. This was unification. Through Christ’s work on the cross, Paul says that both groups were reconciled to God and therefore, the hostility between the two has been killed. The hostility died with Christ on the cross. The law has been abolished and a new covenant was made between God and His people. Jew and Gentile both make up the church of Jesus Christ. We are now one body. His body.

 

What does that mean for us today? It means that if we are in Christ, we are one body. Regardless of our culture, race, ethnicity, gender, or social status, we are His body. All who believe in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation and reconciliation to God are united in Him. We are one.

 

Friends, we are united so we should be at peace with one another. There should no longer be hostility between the members of the body of Christ. He Himself is our peace. Let’s walk in that truth!

 

Pray

Jesus, thank You for Your grace and mercy that tears down the walls that divide people. Thank You for making us one body, your church. Help us to live out the peace that You have sacrificially given to us. Amen.

 


~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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*THANKYOUJESUS*
Thank you Lord for making us one body, your church. Thank you for making us one group. You are our peace, let us walk in that truth.
There was a time when I was both physically and spiritually far from You my Lord. But You have come, You have died in my place, and have wrought my salvation. Thank You Lord Jesus for uniting me with You and with all who believe in Your finished work on the cross.
By creating one man to invite the two people into one.
Amen!
God bless u
Thank God that he is with me every day.. Amen....
Lord we ask and Pray that you would once again restore renew refresh cleanse this family from the selfserving ways. That You would Bless and renew Your Right Spirit within each of them your children. Wash them Please Lord clean from the evil one who's trying to tear them apart. Please rebuild them in You OH Mighty God. Please remind them to seek you first let go surrendering all to You in Jesus Glorious Truth Amen “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty One who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.” - Zephaniah 3:17 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” - Hebrews 13:5
Heavenly Father We Praise and Glorify You for making us "One" in You alone! We Thank You Lord for Your Mercy's New each morning. For Your Grace Father that reminds us that we are to Love one another as "one" just as You Lord Loves us. I Praise You for Your Holly Spirit made New within life given only in You Father. In Jesus Mighty name Amen Thank You Pastor Nat keep keeping on in the coaching of Jesus Christ.
Thank you for that beautiful reminder, that we are one in the Spirit.
Amen to this.
Amen, thank you so much for the encouragement, I needed that.
Amen
Thank you for your words of wisdom
Thank You Jesus for For Grace And Mercy
A wonderful reminder of who we are in Christ.
This is a wonderful teaching of what God has given us through Jesus Christ. Yes, help us to live to glorify You, Lord!!!
Thank God for giving us another beautiful day
Thank you Jesus.
Awesome!! Lord Jesus, thank You for "breaking down the dividing wall of hostility" that separated us from You. Your finished work on the cross, reconciling us, make us one body! Thank You that You are our peace and Redeemer! Amen.
Through Christ we who believe are one. Don't allow Satan to divide us. Prayer and Bible reading is essential.
Amen
I just prayed for you. God is able (Ephesians 3:20).
Amen Thank you for sharing this
PRAY for my family, Tammie, Jerome, Cheri, Crystal, Allen Vincent, Shell and Anita, we claim to be Christians but are not speaking to one another due to a build up of years of family discord, resentment, strife and division. Basically started from our deceased Father.
Praise God for the cross that removed all divisions
Lord help us all live in peace, one body.
Jesus, I thank You for removing walls to include me in Your family. I pray for Your body of believers, the family, to love in action as well as word so we can eliminate the division among us.
Thank God for the cross
Just read Leviticus and all the purification for sin and uncleanness that the Israelites had to do to dwell in God’s presence. Gentiles could not be a part of them unless they submitted to the same purification process because God is holy. When Jesus came and fulfilled all the purification for us who believe the separation was broken. Faith in what Jesus did fulfilled all the requirements that separate people. Jesus truly is the amazing Lamb of God that takes away all our sins and allows us to live in God presence with all who believe forevermore. Hallelujah thank you Jesus! Amen
O how I wish the US, the whole world actually had more peace. I pray Lord that people from all nations will come to learn of the peace You give. I am so grateful for the peace You give me Father. Amen.🙏🏼💗
Amen.
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Amen.
And so we are taught to look forward to a time when every knee on Earth shall bend in honor of the Messiah and we shall be one body in Him. The leaves of the Tree of Life shall be for the healing of nations and every created being shall be unified under His rule. From then on, all peoples who are united in that body will be reunified with God. Come Lord Jesus come....
Isaiah 41:13 testifys to this truth. God’s right hand (Isaiah 41:10) is holding our right hand meaning we are facing each other. This is the posture of reconciliation! Hallelujah praise Jesus Christ for reconciliation with God!!!!!
Truly Blessings Brethen!
Thanks Amen
Thank you Pastor Nat. I truly value the in-depth explation on the Jew and gentile. I praise and thank our King of kings the everlasting peace Jesus United the two and still unites us all. Thank you Jesus my peace, salvation cost you and I go free. My desire is to tell others of this peace God gives us. Amen