Ephesians Lesson 4:
Theme: Sit Down Together
In Lesson 4, we read and studied Ephesians 2:11-22. Paul reminded the Gentiles that they used to be referred to as, “uncircumcised heathen” by the Jews. The Jews was circumcised and they overlooked the fact that being circumcised affect only their bodies. Their hearts remained the same. He told the Gentiles that they used to not know the covenant promise God had given to the Jews. The Gentiles were lost and they have no hope. Christ came where Gentile and Jew could be united as one body of Christ. The hostility felt between the groups were supposed to be broken and destroyed. The sacrifice on the cross ended the separation between the two groups. Jesus finished the system of the law with the commandments and all the rules.
It is important to have unity in Christ because failure to do so prevents believers from establishing the family, Christ has envisioned for His people. Everyone longs for a loving connection and a safe haven where they feel included and accepted by people that truly love them. But being united peacefully in a family or a church is exceedingly difficult and it rarely happens. Some of the barriers in families and churches is different doctrines, values, principles, and an immeasurable of other minor things. I have personally seen churches divided over issues in the grand schemes of things doesn’t matter. For example, the type of clothing church members are required to wear in some churches. We need to focus more on the message of Christ and His teachings! Imagine what would happen if harmony was a key standard in every single church and we represented the body of Christ.
In Ephesians 2:19-22, we learnt the Gentiles aren’t strangers and outsiders anymore and they are now included in God’s forever family along with the Jews. Paul stated that Gentiles and Jews together are like a house built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. The cornerstone is Jesus and we are a holy temple for the Lord. These verses displayed the truth that we are no longer alienated by what group, race, and culture we belong to. Christ died on the cross for everyone sins, and it doesn’t matter what your background is. If we let go of our prejudice and stereotypes, unity in the body of Christ could come to pass and the light would be shown in every dark place.
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