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One in Christ
Ephesians 2:21 “In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.”  Extra Reading:  Ephesians 2:11-22

Prior to our Lord Jesus Christ’s first coming, God’s dealings for nearly two thousand years were primarily with the nation of Israel. They were in covenant relationship to Him through the Mosaic Law arrangement, while other nations and people-Gentiles-were not in any direct relationship to God. Jesus’ death as a ransom for Adam and his race, however, not only redeemed the Israelites, but all mankind, since all were “in Adam.”-1 Cor. 15:22.

Our Lord Jesus’ life, death, and subsequent resurrection, also opened up a new arrangement-“a new and living way.” (Heb. 10:20). By this, not only Jews, but also Gentiles, would now have the opportunity to come into a relationship with the Heavenly Father. Jews and Gentiles could be considered “One in Christ”. This was because Jesus died and paid a “ransom for all”. (1 Tim. 2:6). This is the focus of today’s message as found in the words of the Apostle Paul to the Ephesians.

The Ephesian brethren in time past, Paul points out, were “Gentiles in the flesh,” “aliens from…Israel,” “strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and therefore “without God.” (Ephesians 2:11, 12) Paul continues, “Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision”, 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.” Paul tells us that we the Gentiles were considered “far off’.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for seeking us out and finding us in our “lostness”. Thank you for salvation which is only found in You. In Jesus Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

Rev. Samuel N. Modise                 2013 Rev. Samuel N. Modise

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