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Body of Christ

Braking The Barrier

body of christPaul had been specially commissioned to work among the Gentiles, but he held no brief for a divided church. Hence his stress in his letter to the Ephesians on God’s glorious plan to bring people of every nation and background together in Christ.


In the ancient world Jews were separated from Gentiles by racial, religious, culture and social barriers. (Non-Jews were, for example, forbidden on pain of death to enter the courts of the Temple in Jerusalem.)  The Jews were God’s chosen people, near to him; the Gentiles were sinful heathens, far off. If Christ could bring these two together, there is no human gulf too great for him to bridge. And He did. His death on the cross is the one means of peace with God for all people, without distinction, those who are near and those who are far off.( Ephesians 2: v.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.’)  And all who belong to him have a common bond which is deeper and stronger than any of their former differences – of race or colour or status or sex or background. Jew and Gentile are one in Christ, a new people. As Christians, all are on equal terms. All are one, in Christ.  That ‘oneness’ has to be demonstrated in personal relationships and Christian behaviour. As the Body of Christ there is the need for unity  and respect – as the Body of Christ we are commissioned to work together in carrying out His purposes and this will only be successful if there is UNITY.


2  Ephesians 2:11-22 p 148
11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands) — 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.