What Does Ephesians 2:16 Mean?

and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.

Ephesians 2:16(NASB)

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Christ not only removed the sin-barrier between God and man through the sacrifice of His body on the Cross, but He also tore down the dividing walls of partition that separated Jew from Gentile, uniting them together in brotherly love, and making them 'one new man' in Christ.

Israel was chosen by God to be the people through Whom God would bless the nations of the world, and they were entrusted with the Word of God which was spoken through the prophets of old. And from Judah was born the promised Seed of the woman, the Messiah of Israel and Saviour of the world Who was to reconcile the world to Himself and remove all that was dividing man from man.

Christ also removed the spiritual barrier between Jew and Gentile so that by grace through faith in Him, those that were afar off were brought near. The brotherhood of believers became one Body, and Christ reconciled them to God through the Cross so that Jew and Gentile alike are justified through faith, and have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ further removed the legal wall of partition, for He fulfilled the unattainable Law on behalf of all who would believe on His name so that we are no longer under law but under grace. He cancelled out the certificate of debt which was against us, taking it out of the way and nailing it to the Cross, on behalf of all who would believe in His name.

Through time and into eternity, we must never forget the grace of God that has been extended to all who trust in Christ for salvation, for by His blood he reconciled both Jew and Gentile into one Body, which is the Church. Through Christ's sacrificial death and glorious Resurrection, Jew and Gentile alike have been untied together as one, putting to death forever the enmity that once existed.

Praise God for Jesus Christ, our Kinsman-Redeemer.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, praise Your name for Your perfect plan of salvation, which has united both Jew and Gentile into one Body through Christ’s redeeming work on Calvary’s Cross. May we be one even as Christ is one with the Father so that others may know that we are all Your children, to the honour and glory of Your holy name. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

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