05 Feb Riches In Christ Part 6
Who are you? Likely someone has asked you that very question. Have you ever asked yourself “Who am I?” In case you’re curious – the Bible has a lot to say about this subject. How you answer this question tells a lot about your view of God. Is He a God looking to slap you down with eternal disappointment every time you mess up? Is He an eternal grandfather that doesn’t really care about you and is just okay with you no matter what you do or how you treat yourself and others. Neither view is biblical but is widely accepted. There is good news, no great news! Today Pastor John Almquist continues in part five of our study of Ephesians (Eph 2:1-3) looking at who God says we are in His eyes. Join us 10 AM Sunday mornings at McKenna in New Braunfels, Texas.
Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
AT ONE TIME, WE WERE SEPARATED
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
BUT NOW, WE ARE RECONCILED
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
SO THEN, WE ARE UNITED
Reconciliation with God overcomes division with man.