Christ is our Peace
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Key Passage: Ephesians 2:11-22
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.
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.
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.
Andrew references the following verses throughout this teaching:
1 Samuel 17:26 – David calls Goliath an ‘Uncircumcised Philistine’
John 15:13 – “Greater love has no man than this…”
Romans 5:8 – “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us..”
Matthew 27:51 – the veil in the temple is torn from top to bottom
Philippians 2:8 – Christ was obedient even to death on a cross
Matthew 3:17 – The Father calls Jesus his Beloved Son
John 10:10 – Christ came that we should have Abundant Life
Ephesians 2:8 – Salvation comes by faith, not by works
1 John 2:1 – Christ is our Advocate with the Father
Romans 12:5 – The Church is One Body in Christ
Galatians 3:28 – All are equal in Christ
John 14:27 – We have been given the peace of Christ.