The Gentiles, said the Jews, were created by God to be fuel for the fires of hell. 4. Paul understands that the gospel smashes all such peripheral issues and instead Christ Jesus becomes the only issue. Or, as it is put here, "came and preached peace to you who were afar off" (verse 17). Consider the grand instrument of reconciliation between Jew and Get, the. Arminianism. For to us a child is born, Ephesians 1:6-6 Topic: Salvation The phrase “from rags to riches” is one that we all no doubt have heard before. Starting in April 2020, Ephesians: Grace to You is Pastor Tony’s primary sermon series. We are called to be peacemakers and we are called to take forth the gospel of peace. God chooses us, not because we have intrinsic value, but because He is infinitely valuable, loving, gracious and kind. Other sermons are not yet available online. Ephesians Sermon Series Outline. info@firwood.church, Sermon Notes: Ephesians 2:11-13 – Remember, Ephesians: His Glorious Grace – Being built together (Ephesians 2:19-22). Paul is not saying that the Jews are saved as a result of their Jewishness. 1. Abraham. God’s New Creation. What does He want of me? Click here to stream or download the sermon audio. The Jew carried the sign of circumcision, the Gentile did not. It is not because Israel was lovely, but that He is loving. This is the kind of peace that the gospel envisages: the creation in submission to and intent on glorifying the Prince of Peace. It is permanent — it runs through every dispensation of the Church of the living God. Fulness Of Self. II. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, He Himself is our peace. man as resting on Christ's work, and this work as charged with reconciling power, not as it moved the human heart or led to a new conduct in man, but as it introduced a new relation in which men were placed before God. Called To Dudley. - T.C. Scripture: Ephesians 2:11–22. Last week, I began by giving you three reasons why this passage should matter a great deal to us. 1. He fixes his affection upon this particular people from all the many because this is the kind of God he is. We need to exercise caution here. The result is that the Jews were near and the Gentiles far off, but, ultimately both groups were in need of the reconciliation that is only possible through Christ Jesus. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. In Paul’s mind, therefore, the Gentile is far off and the Jew is near. This substitution of Christ in behalf of His mystical body is primary, original. Making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. In the cross, however, Christ destroys the distinction created by the law of commandments expressed in ordinances and brings peace. Instead of placing our hope in politics or military might, we place our hope in him. Formerly the law of commandments expressed in ordinances emphasised difference between Jew and Gentile, circumcised and uncircumcised; those on the inside and those on the outside. Here in Ephesians 3:16, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds on the profound importance of the transformed inner man. Adam. E-mail Alerts. All of us are in the same boat, all of us are lost without Christ Jesus and yet Gentiles, in our ignorance of the things of God, were far off, whereas  Jews, as recipients of the old covenant, were near. 2. He may be our peace, speaking peace within, quieting the tumult of doubt and fear (Matthew 11:28-30). Therefore because what Jesus has done for us and made possible for us. The Dead Alive by Grace: A Beautiful Workmanship from Ephesians 2:8–10 EPHESIANS - CHRIST AND THE CHURCH Click chart to enlarge Charts from Jensen's Survey of the NT - used by permission. He is broken down the dividing wall of hostility, 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. Paul tells us why. It was, in fact, a manifestation of Divine justice as well as of Divine love; and if it was not a manifestation of Divine justice, that is, if there was no righteousness making that death necessary, it is difficult to see how there could be a manifestation of love in his dying. INTRODUCTION: [ Beginning of this sermon on Ephesians 1:3-14 ] A. Jesus, however, explodes this myth recognising that gospel transformation is a matter of the heart (Mark 7:1-23) and results in obedience (John 8:39-41). A. Juvenal, Tacitus, Martial, Horace, repay the debt in the language of bitter and contemptuous sarcasm. How does the cross bring together Jew and Gentile in such a way that we experience peace? The gospel works for those who are ignorant of the living God. Seeing the glory of the Prince of Peace. HOW CHRIST IS OUR PEACE IN EFFECTING RECONCILIATION BETWEEN GOD AND MAN. We keep the fire from our faces and eyes with screens; but they are wise who put between their souls and God's wrath the screen of Christ's reconciliation, lest this fire burn to the pit of destruction. Some assert it to be —(1) The covenant of God with Adam (Genesis 2:17), for this being violated, Adam and his posterity were held guilty of death as by a bond. The early church faced open warfare over this issue. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. The cross is still the instrument of reconciling man to man. Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine! Thank You Father that in Christ I have peace with You and have been made a new creation in Christ. William Barclay, summarises the deep hostility between Jew and Gentile in the following terms, The Jew had an immense contempt for the Gentile. Calvin’s Ephesian Sermons, preached on Sundays at Geneva in 1558-59, when he was 49 years of age, were first printed in French in 1562, then in English in 1577. 3:17 bonus sermon #4 - the second sermon on ephesians. "Who hath made both (Jews and Gentiles) one" (verse 14). The person of Christ crucified became henceforth the great Center of unity. And yet, there is a difference. One New Man: Christ-made Peace. Intro: Our world is a world differences. It is important that we do not push this too far. Based upon foreknowledge of those souls who would respond to the gospel and persevere in the faith c. Unconditional and final, in the sense that God already knows those who will persevere to the end 3. 4. The Dead Alive by Grace: Mercy Interrupting from Ephesians 2:4–7. 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. There was not one sort of gospel to preach to Abraham, and another to preach to the present race of sinners. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. The gospel works for those with a knowledge of Christianity. Saved from unfoldingfaithblog.com. I. The 7 Most Popular. Ephesians 2:14-17 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. The Only Road to Real Happiness. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, His justice is perfectly satisfied on my behalf, that I may look upon the bleeding Christ, the rising Christ, the exalted Christ, and the interceding Christ, and say with Paul, "He loved me, and gave Himself for me." W. C. Lamain on Ephesians 2 : 14. What was true of Israel is true of us, the Church, today, and this should change the way we think about our salvation. This problem is the big problem facing everyone regardless of nationality, race, culture and ethnicity. A Sermon on Ephesians 2:14-16 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. Christ Jesus thus acts, […]that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace […]. Sermons From Ephesians 7. b. Among nations.Note: These senses in which Christ is "our Peace" are progressive. Ephesians 2:14 Sermons; Ephesians 2:14 Prayers; Ephesians 2:14 Images; Ephesians 2:14 Devotionals; Choose Chapter. did so by leveling in the dust the middle wall of partition that separated them widely for ages, Consider the grand instrument of reconciliation between Jew and Get, Consider the ultimate result of the death of Christ, Gospel Reconciliation - its Subjects, Agency, and Results, Union of Jews and Gentiles in the Christian Church. Paul, of course, experienced the seriousness of this warning when a rumour spread that he had taken an Ephesian Gentile, Trophimus, into the inner courts and is seized by an angry mob (Acts 21:21-31). Paul’s intention here is that we see the distinction that has resulted in so much hostility is, ultimately, skin deep. Ephesians 2:14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has torn down the dividing wall of hostility. Click here to stream or download the sermon audio. Ephesians Sermons Dick Donovan 2018-06-01T12:23:31-07:00. Lynchburg, Virginia. We see this in verse 11 and we see this in verses 14 and 16. The truth then is this: Paul is able to write that the Jews were nearer to God because God has poured out favour upon them for hundreds of years. Moreover, it is evident and manifest, because the world must see that the union which grace has effected between our souls and Christ, has cut asunder the tie which once existed between us and them, has cut asunder the union which made us once very fond of their fooleries. [1] William Barclay in John Stott, The Bible Speaks Today: The Message of Ephesians (Nottingham: Inter-Varsity Press, 1979 [2009]). So too in our day, with war in Afghanistan, Iraq, the constant danger of escalation in the Middle East, and the threat of terrorism and violence on our streets, it seems as though real and lasting peace is far away. EXHORDIUM Paul goes to great length to assure the Ephesians that they have full privileges in God through Jesus Christ. Jesus does not simply give peace; He is peace. Secondly, as a rough wall is made up of so many hard, unpolished stones, not covered over with lime or plaster; so the ceremonial law consisted of many ordinances (Hebrews 9:10), and those very difficult to be obeyed, and an intolerable yoke (Acts 15:10). But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will. [3], It was only 1994 when Hutu militia turned, overnight, upon their Tutsis friends and neighbours and Rwanda, once among the most prosperous nations in Africa, turned in upon itself. The cross produces the miracle of new creation on an individual basis and now on a corporate basis, Christ died, […] that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace. WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH. II. Adoption. The gospel relegates secondary issues to the place of secondary issues that Christ Jesus might be most prominent, most visible and most glorious. He begins by pointing out Paul’s manner of prayer for the Ephesians. Sep 26, 2015. For Christ himself has brought peace to us. But firstly Paul shows us the folly of the Jewish position which distorted the grace gifts of God and the symbol of this grace, circumcision, Paul sets out the true nature of the distinction between Gentile and Jew: they are ‘Gentiles in the flesh’ and Jews by virtue of a circumcision, ‘which is made in the flesh by hands’.[7]. 1. Pastor Alun McNabb: Testimony. Formerly there was a very real hostility between Jew and Gentile, Paul understands that, by the cross, Christ demolishes this divide. Look how you would do, if the enemy had entered your gates, taken your wives and children, spoiled you of your goods. 1. (14) He (Himself) is our peace. Here, Paul explains how the gospel extends hope, promise, and a relationship with God to Jews and Gentiles alike. However, we need to be careful about thinking of this particular definition (i.e., no hostility) when we consider that Jesus is our peace in Ephesians 2:14–16. The Tabernacle of the Most High John Piper Jan 16, 2000 56 Shares Message. Ephesians 2:14: Peace from Christ Alone: Paul Bayne. Verification Code. W. C. Lamain on Ephesians 2 : 14 Play. Jesus Christ came into the world for those who are far and those who are near. "Apart from Me," says Christ, "ye can do nothing." Ephesians 2:14(NASB) Verse Thoughts The Lord Jesus Christ has rightly been called the Prince of Peace, for Christ is the propitiation for our sins bringing peace with God for all who believe in Him. Sermon Notes: Ephesians 2:14-16 – The Gospel Destroys Racism . Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, And first, as a wall is built by the owner of the enclosure, so the ceremonial law was by God's own appointment (Deuteronomy 32:8; Exodus 25:40). He is "our Peace," in that He PROMOTES peace. Part 1: Who Are You? Ephesians 2:14 "For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us." But how does the cross deal with racism? What is it that sends us to sleep? The purpose of the cross is that Christ might reconcile the two now made one to the living God. Repeatedly, throughout the Old Testament God reminds Israel that he chose them not because of their merit, but because of his great love. The peace here spoken of is peace on a basis of law and justice; for the offering up of Christ so magnified the Law and exhausted all its demands, that, on the ground of that propitiation, God could be at once just and the Justifier of the ungodly. Please use these sermons as the Lord leads, but nothing on this site may be used for profit without my expressed, written permission! The barrier between them was absolute. See my blog series on theology for more about these changes. Search for Sermons. And, before the throne of God, all superficial distinctions, prejudice and pride is obliterated. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Such contact with a Gentile was the equivalent of death. Ephesians 2:14: Peace Already Made: Ephesians 2:14: Peace and Comfort Through the Atonement : C. H. Spurgeon. Never miss a post. To make two rooms into one, you must beat down the wall which forms the partition. It is close, it is grasping, it is uniting, it is abiding, it is mutual in interest. We, too, introduce restrictions which are not prescribed in the Scriptures (whether it be issues around the consumption of alcohol, listening to certain kinds of music or watching anything rated 15 or higher) and then elevate them until they become requirements for salvation. and the government shall be upon his shoulder, 963. Ephesians 2:14-18 pass on from the description of the call of the heathen to personal union with God in Christ, to dwell on the perfect unity and equality of Jew and Gentile with each other in Him, and the access of both to the Father. Click here to stream or download the sermon audio.. Ephesians 2:11–22. Click here for sermons on other books of the Bible. with justice and with righteousness Anthropology . The world has made many efforts to unite men on a basis of liberty, equality, fraternity - often trying to bring about a union even by the most terrible bloodshed; but no principle has yet been discovered to unite man to man save the gospel of Christ, with its doctrine of atonement through the blood of the cross. Five Ways To Improve Your Sermons By Charles Arn on November 24, 2020 The Perfect Length For A Sermon By Thom Schultz on November 25, 2020 The Monty Python Guide To Great Sermon Illustrations By Eric McKiddie on November 26, 2020 Do Your Listeners Feel The Text? These are the notes of a sermon preached by Andy Evans on the morning of the 18 April 2010 at Firwood Church. In the neighbourhood, as every successful missionary at home and abroad can testify. 1. Now, through the cross, Christ Jesus has rendered the law inoperative. It lasted sixteen hundred or two thousand years, according as we date its origin from Abraham or Moses. In this sermon about Ephesians 2:14-16, Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains the main purpose of Paul's letter to the Ephesians: to encourage the church in the peace of Christ. For He is our Peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition. Christ Our Peace: Paul Bayne. This is the gospel of peace. (2) It was a high barrier. [5], Again we remind ourselves that it was only in May 2001 when race riots broke out in Bradford, Burnley and in Oldham, just a short walk from this church.[6]. Ephesians 2:14-18 pass on from the description of the call of the heathen to personal union with God in Christ, to dwell on the perfect unity and equality of Jew and Gentile with each other in Him, and the access of both to the Father. App Store Google Play Windows Amazon. Paul has just rehearsed the sad plight of the Gentiles before Christ (2:11-12). God spoke to them clearly through the Patriarchs and Prophets in a that he did not speak to any other nation on the planet. Paul is stressing here a monumental shift of emphasis by which the focus has moved from the law, with all of its ordinances and rituals (including circumcision) which resulted in separation, to Christ Jesus. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 2. 2:14–16—part i bonus sermon #2 - a sermon on ephesians. vs 14. Sermon Notes: Ephesians 2:14-16 – One . Browse Sermons. If a Jewish boy married a Gentile girl, or if a Jewish girl married and Gentile boy, the funeral of that Jewish boy or girl was carried out. Amillennialism 101 (MP3s) Angels & Demons. [2]. There are, in fact, two reconciliations, the one based on the other - a reconciliation of God to man, and a reconciliation of man to God. 4. A man who had been a drunkard on Chicago’s Skid Row for many years came to a half-way house ate a meal and went to bed. SermonWeb - Rev. 4. This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all day long!” Paul is addressing racism of the worst kind, a racism which is predicated upon a belief that one side is chosen and the other side rejected by God. If there were a town near you, where you might prevent such danger, and find safe protection, and live peaceably and securely, who would not with all expedition betake himself thither? He chooses Israel from the overflow of his great love. It runs as far back as the council of peace. Making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. This was our starting point last week. By Sherman Haywood Cox on November 27, 2020 The apostle says elsewhere that "God has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ" (2 Corinthians 5:18), and that it pleased "the Father, having made peace through the blood of the cross, to reconcile all things unto himself" (Colossians 1:20). We are, Paul writes, by ‘nature children of wrath’ (Ephesians 2:3) and the result of this is separation and alienation from God. Scripture: Ephesians 2:11–22. And, if we are His, He will promote peace through, and by means of us in every circle in which we move and in every place in which we have influence. His purpose was to create in himself one new human... Read verse in … "That he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby." 3 Comments. The reconciling power of the cross ran through all the relations of men and all the relations of life. 11 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— 12 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. 1. sermon lix.—ephesians 2 8–10 sermon lx.—ephesians 2 11 bonus sermon #1 - a sermon on ephesians. Created with Sketch. Note how it is that Christ becomes our peace and how he deals emphatically with the Jewish controversy, [he] has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility. It is estimated that some 800,000 Tutsis were slaughtered in one hundred days of genocide. B. This enmity could only be removed by Christ's bloodshed and death. Now the unity and peace which is in Christ is so absolute that two divided peoples become one man. The church is the foretaste of that day in which all things will be united in him. This was the problem in the First Century Church and this is the problem in the world today. I. As Dr. McGee used to say, "Whenever you have a therefore, you must ask, wherefore is the therefore there for?" His purpose was to create in himself one new human... Read verse in … Mark 6:30. If this be so, it is an error to hold that the only purpose of Christ's death was the manifestation of Divine love. They were separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, strangers to the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. Formerly we were in enmity and hostility towards one another. Ephesians 2:14-16 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. ii. Ephesians 2:14-18 pass on from the description of the call of the heathen to personal union with God in Christ, to dwell on the perfect unity and equality of Jew and Gentile with each other in Him, and the access of both to the Father. WHAT IS MEANT BY HANDWRITING? Series Summary: Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, which reads like a prayerful, doxological sermon, paints a lofty vision of God’s sovereign grace through Christ that transforms the church. Recent Additions. 3. September 7, 2014. 3. [4], Or, lest we convince ourselves that race-related atrocities only happen over there, it was only in 1993 when a young black boy, Stephen Lawrence, was set upon and murdered by white youths and the subsequent police investigation criticized and labelled the investigating police force as institutionally racist. As Dr. McGee used to say, "Whenever you have a therefore, you must ask, wherefore is the therefore there for?" They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. Never be wise in your own sight. Literature is full of the evidences of this continuous hostility. The uniting of both Jew and Gentile in one Church is a branch of the peace which Christ has purchased. Name. Often, in the Septuagint, this phrase is used to describe the making of idols (Isaiah 2:18 and 10:11), Firwood Church,300 Middleton Road,Westwood,Oldham, OL9 6JH Andy Evans Blog May 1, 2010 | 0. I invite you to take your Bible and open it to the book of Ephesians CH2. Circumcision was the sign, the seal, of this covenant. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Ephesians 2:19 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources. Commentary. The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all) — Romans 5:1. Nothing can be more explicit than the declaration that Christ's mission was intended to reconcile God and man, who were previously alienated by sin. Sermons on Ephesians 1. J.D. Opinions are various; yet all agree in this that something is intended which by force of testimony may prove us guilty before God. Therefore because what Jesus has done for us and made possible for us. 2 Pet. By Topic. That means that there is no way by which you could earn your salvation by your works. (14) He (Himself) is our peace. ", 6. It was a man by the name of Horatio Alger Jr. who coined the phrase and made a name for himself in the late 1800’s. 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