One New Humanity
Read Ephesians 2:13–22
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
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. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
- In today’s passage, Peter says that Jesus’ purpose was to create in Himself a new humanity. Who is part of this new humanity? What is their purpose?
- What role has God called each person to play in the new humanity Jesus Christ created in Himself?
- In what, other than Jesus, do you most often look for peace? What would it look like for Jesus to be your peace in your daily life?
Father, thank You for the Prince of Peace, the peacemaker, the peace-bringer. I feel Your peace deeply from time to time, catching glimpses here and there. But I want to live every moment in that peace. I am so often on edge and irritated by the insignificant. I can be plagued by anxiety and driven by fear. Help me to live out the reality of Jesus Christ at the center of my being and my relationships, so my soul is settled and my love is without restraint. Continue molding me into a peacemaker. And, oh, I pray for earthly peace. This world is ravaged by war, and we need Your peace in our physical world. Amen.
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