Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Wall Between God and Man

Insight from Ephesians: Part Three
Ephesians 2:11-22

All of us know that Adam’s sin built a wall between God and man,
But God had prepared a plan to redeem even before time began.
God called a man, Abram by name, to found a brand new nation.
He called him to a walk of faith, to help us grasp salvation.

Abraham’s descendants increased in number, belonged to Israel proper.
As they honored their covenant with God, He enabled them to prosper.
Through the years as they walked with Him, He taught them to follow the Law,
But most of the Gentiles in the world were excluded by that wall.

But Jesus destroyed that hostile wall; gave His life to pay the price.
His perfection applied to our life is more than enough to suffice.
Thus the Gentiles, once far away, now have been brought near.
He became peace to Gentile and Jew destroying the power of fear.

From Pentecost on until His return, we live in the age of grace.
All may come to God through Christ irrespective of heritage or race.
Jew or Gentile, black or white, we’re included in His plan.
In God there is no segregation, for He loves every man.

So once again we see without doubt that God’s eternal plan
Is to pay the price by giving Himself to bring salvation to man.
God is building His people together into a temple glorious, and
He will carry us to the end to enter eternity victorious.

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Ephesians 2:11-22
11 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.

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

19 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)

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