Our passage today is Ephesians Chapter 2 verses 11 to 22, which at the time would have been revolutionary as the apostle Paul carefully explains the breaking down of the age-old barrier between Jew and Gentile and therefore their subsequent unity in Christ. Do read the passage first…
What a vivid description of those who previously had no access to the one true living God, ‘separate from Christ, … foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world’ (v.12).
The passage seems far less revolutionary now because today most of the worldwide church is made up of Gentiles and not those of Jewish ethnicity. However, the hope of the gospel is still there that anyone from any background (Jew or Gentile) can come to Christ and His cross, and together be part of God’s people and members of God’s household (v.19).
Perhaps for us today a bigger application might be to focus our thinking that there is still ONE church with Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone and with ONE Holy Spirit, whatever our race, skin colour, gender, economic status, denomination.And if that is the case, how does that affect our behaviour within a local fellowship or between different fellowships, or our relationships with other believers who live thousands of miles away across the world??
In our cycle of prayer, let us remember today in our prayers,- Sharon & George- Roger, Sue and Daniel