A human being lives, but he is given life.
I know many of you got this post early but will this one is twice as good.
Before we start today I wanted to share a blog post I found last night, this is not an endorsement of the blog, mainly because there was only one post. But the post deserved a mention. I like the story and it just goes to show that one person can make a difference. http://everydayinspiration1.blogspot.com
I may start adding links to other sites and blogs as I find them on our site so keep a look out for changes.
New King James Version (NKJV)
Brought Near by His Blood
11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Christ Our Peace
14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 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, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
Christ Our Cornerstone
19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
I would like to slow down but we need to cover this book in about 15 days and with 6 chapters that does not leave much extra time. But that is where you come in. I am trying to only post three comments about the text every day so it is up to you to read it and tell me what you see as well.
1. Let’s start with (v. 11, 12) where Paul says “Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands, that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.”
a. At this point in time this was a classification denoting the difference between the Jews and the Gentiles (Romans 2:25, 29), (Gal. 5:6). Paul is explaining how through Christ they are all transformed in to one man and one family.
b. “at that time you were without Christ,” Paul is not condemning them for this state, he is just stating that without Christ they were cut off from the regenerative power only He can give us.(Eph. 1:1)
c. And we continue with “being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise”. God made his covenant with Abraham and his descendants in (Gen. 12:3 and 22:18) they were to go out and invite the Gentiles to participate in the worship of God, ( Isa 56:7). The Israelites did not do this, they failed to carry out God’s plan and the Gentiles remained strangers.
2. I love this part because in (v. 14) we read “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.”
a. Ok “For He Himself is our peace” Christ was and always will be the peace in your life if you let Him. The Seventh-day Adventist Bible commentary says “Christ is not only the peacemaker; He Himself is peace, the blood union and peace”(Isa 9:6).
b. “who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.” During this time Jew and Gentiles where not allowed to worship together and the Temple was divided by wall. No Gentile dare cross this point. But through Christ there is no wall and we are one man and one family (Acts 21:27-36).
3. And let’s finish with (vv. 19, 20) “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone”.
a. “you are no longer strangers and foreigners” this comes down to what I keep saying. One man and one family in Christ. We all have a place in His kingdom (Eph. 3:15).
b. “having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone” Yesterday I said that “ It is important that we understand that Christ is the Head of the Church and the body” (Col. 2:19). The verse today just builds on this understanding, that through Christ we are all children of His kingdom and if accepted we will all be with Him one day.
Personal Reflection and Discussion
1. What are your thoughts on verse 15? Did the 10 commandments die on the cross with Christ?
2. I would like your thought on Christ as the Cornerstone of the Church as well. Compare to (Matt. 16:18).
3. Are there any other things you see in the text?
1. Call your Partner and discuss this devotional.
2. Continue to have a prayer list and let the new people know you are praying for them.
3. Pray with them and ask for the following;
a. For God to bring understanding to your life.
b. For God to make you a cornerstone of strengthen with in your church.
c. For the individuals on your pray list.
4. For today use the following Bible verse in your prayer (1 Peter 2:5)
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