Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ephesians 2:14-18

14 For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15 He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16 and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17 So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18 for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.

Questions to consider:
  • What kinds of walls have been created in your life?
  • What does it mean for your life that the law has been abolished through Christ?
  • Do you feel reconciled to God?
  • How has peace been proclaimed to you?
Possibilities for prayer:

Do you sense the power and peace-making ability of God when reading through this passage? Through God’s power two groups that were once separate and indeed, hostile to one another are reconciled. And this reconciliation is important for our lives because it is the point at which gentiles (us!) and Jews are both able to interact with God, through the intermediary of Jesus. That’s a pretty clear statement power. Take some time to think about places in your life where you could especially use some of God’s power and ask him to step in and move powerfully.