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Dec3
EPHESIANS Reconciled Thru the Cross
Series: Sunday Sermons
Leader: Pastor Bill Terris
Scripture: Ephesians 2: 11-22
Date: Dec 3rd, 2017
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Theme of Ephesians = Grow Up Spiritually


Chapter 1: reinforces to our MINDS the Blessings  


Chapter 2: reinforces to our MINDS our Beliefs      “In Christ”


 


A. A National Separation   vs.11, 12


   - speaking to Gentile believers, not to Jewish believers


   - Gentiles spoken of negatively by the Jews (attitude) because they have no SIGN (circumcision) of relationship with God


   - Jews have many privileges, yet still rebel against God   Rom.2:1-3:2 


   - reality of the Gentiles distance from God _descriptions get more


     serious   cf. 13- “far away” from God


 


B. A Spiritual Reconciliation    vs.13-18


   - vs.13 – Gentiles “brought near” to God


   - vs.13-16 – Jesus thru His death abolished the O.T. law


           _commands and regulations that stood between / caused


          “hostility” between Jews & Gentiles, man & God


   - Jesus’ perfect sacrifice paid man’s death penalty; His death


     on the cross satisfied God’s righteous demands   2 Cor.5:21


     cf. Hebrews 10:11-14; 1 John 4:10  


   ->BOTH Jews & Gentiles reconciled to God thru faith in


        Christ _peace with God _ access to God “in Christ” 18


POINT: Christ is our Peace 14, made Peace 15, preached Peace 17


God’s Purpose = to create “one new man” – the Body of Christ,


    the Church _a UNITY of Jews & Gentiles “in Christ”


 


C. Together “in Christ”   vs.19-22


   - Identity = God’s People, “household”, Body, Building 


                      cf. 3:6, 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10


   - “rising to become a holy Temple” = spiritual growth


   cf. Philippians 3:20 –“Our citizenship is in heaven.”