by Christina Farris
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. he reuniting of a people can be seen in scripture. I can not imagine hearing this speech of Paul to Ephesians in Ephesus, at the time and not think why is Paul talking about segregation of faith. There is idolatry in Ephesus. The main goddess in Ephesus at the time of Paul was goddess Diana supposely the mother of all living or goddess of the earth. We know Eve was called the mother of all living in scripture in Genesis. Yet the fact Ephesus worshipped an idol that had no power to help them. Even if the true roots can be traced to the Noah to Adam and Eve, the problem still lies they were putting their faith in human that had no power. Yes Eve was created in heaven out of what? A human rib, not out of heavenly earth. Adam was placed in God's garden and then Eve was formed from his rib. The error perhaps comes from traditions of one in passing it down incorrectly and then it continued to become corrupt. Paul would perhaps use a persuasive speech when witness first hand to Ephesus explaining history, but then again maybe not the way I explained it. Jesus came to teach us to forgive and to love, did we form another deity, the answer is no. Sometimes when you think of the time period one wonders if culture was intermixing with the Jewish faith. Was Jesus being taught by apostles and disciples after the resurrection as a deity, no Christ deity was seen by the virgin birth, through Christ baptism and Temptation, and throughout scripture in the Gospels. Though it made it easier for those caught in Idolatry to accept Christ because the story would of been much like their own culture in regards to offspring of a god they also called Zeus/Jupiter.
Why bring about the theology of that day and time in reading this letter from Paul, it concerning the reuniting of a nation to common wealth of Israel. Yet Israel rejects Christ. Now is Christ a thorn, if one is trying to reconnect to Israel. We have so many translations of the Bible, some versions, some actual translated as close as can be between languages and paraphrases versions that leave verses out but are more acceptible to some. Yet the difference speak the same truth in most cases. The point being to reconnect to each generation of people, to connect to each group of people, to connect around the world the unity of faith, one has to search origins. If we trace Roman to Noah sons there is a small link, that says Israel had people with perhaps false ideas. No one knows how the flood of Noah affected the generation hearing it for the first time. Some people may of been angry and others not understanding or getting confused by what God did of destroying the earth, sought out making their own deity in the image of their desire. Think for a moment if you are in a good family when bad things happen, evil never makes any sense and thank God it does not.
Jesus began to teach the people and also attended the synagogue. He went to temple in Jerusalem as tradition of the people. The question comes is as God's Son did he feel it necessary to be in the temple despite he knew what they would do. He was in the temple despite what was happening around him. He was in the temple he also taught the Gentiles and in the city streets about God on the sabbath. He was Prostyle minister, but he also taught Jews, perhaps Jews that were people outside the temple at times. He went to His Heavenly Father's house that was built for God. The uniting of the pagan world to Israel would have to come with purification through faith, not just the physical act of faith through baptism, and circumcision of flesh that was done because of Jewish tradition, and appearance of cleanness when they entered the temple and did so out of respect. One could not be Israelite without following their laws. One could not be an Israelite if one did not follow their traditions. Judeo Christian world was beginning to take shape of reuniting the heathens through first Christ ministry, no. There been division that was beginning to heal at the time of the Messiah. John had a ministry to both Jews and Gentiles, yet he was forerunner of Christ. No doubt there were other prostyle ministers of the common wealth of Israel. Jesus would fulfil all prophesy, that was the difference of fullfilling of the promise of hope for eternity. Isaiah a treasure Prophet of Israel and even read in the time of Christ from the scrolls, and yes, the Bible is older then 1600's. The Bible is even older then Isaiah, but the stories were being retained for future generations.
Each generation of Israelite after time of Christ would have to be told of the Messiah of his coming had been. If you spread a thousand people out with one story, and watch it spread there going to be many interpretations and ideas concering one story. Israel had been spreading their faith for centuries into the heathen world around them, yet not all believed. Now add Christianity into it and one can understand the wrestling of the Jewish temples and the rejection of the Christian faith based on their Old Testament laws of having no other God before them. Jesus was not understood of who He is. To them he would of seem like a blaspheme. Yet miracles would come and go and a time of rest would come upon each church as the Gospel spread and was received. Like every group of people there was always conflict and confusion and division in the church world because of disagreement and those in disagreement always spread like wildfire among the people. The devil seeks to destroy with confusion and division and it will destory a church. Yet the interworking of faith does not change outside the sanctuary of faith. Many churches need purging in the way the temples was purged. Why because the outside world has brought in their idolatry and even created idolatry like Santa Clause. Though Santa Clause was a devout Christian himself and consider a Saint, he was idolized to make the world bow to him one day a year. Yet most don't bow to Santa only to traditions of Santa, by giving of gifts to orphans at the time of celebrating Christ birth. The traditions beautiful, but can be misleading by those not understanding Christmas or traditions. In fact traditions history gets lost over time. The aiding and giving needs to be separated by faith, because many groups give to the poor and needy. What makes Christianity different is the story of Christ, when we share needs to be more then love, but the Gospel of peace. Where does our peace come from. What does our peace teach, nothing compared to Christ message of peace as He proclaimed Father forgive them.
Now what I am saying is the unity of faith joining with the household of Israel by serving the same God has they do, and teaching about Christ outside their temple only if Gentile and if Jewish or mixed them outside the temple. The Messiah is part of their history not seen and part of their future they do understand. The part we miss is understanding about their laws and ways being in a book of traditions not common to everyday world we live in and is often never taught, but read throughout scripture. If the traditions are taught, they are not practiced today by the gentile world or least not in church world. Yet the tradition of the cup and wine was declared tradition by Christ for it represent his body and blood that he would shed for us, and we were to do in remembrance of Him. I can not hate the Jews, and I can't hate gay people anymore then I can hate someone who is a shade or two more albino or darker then me. Yet if you listen close enough to some of the loudest ministers you find the hate speech subtle. Christ talked about Homosexuality in regards to Eunuchs and you see Phillip witnessing to a Eunuch, who was sent to minister to this man. Was he straight, it matter not. The Gospel was given to him to hear and receive. Why because he was listening and studying the word of God though he understood it not. What am I saying God wants to change your life if you only take the first step and read His word to find out who He is. God unites people through the reading of His word. One must hear the word and receive it. Christ is the Spirit of prophesy, but Christ is also a man in the flesh, because God wanted man to understand he was willing to come off his throne and allow his Son to strive with man in all humanity and teach the world we need to be ministrying to those around us in love, if we desire the peace on earth like we can have with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, by forgiving and loving and obeying the law that written on our hearts by the Holy Spirit. The Ten Commandments of not bowing to any other God but Him, and honoring him, and respecting others. The law of loving God and loving others as yourself. Sometimes we fail at respecting others. How so do we fail, when we fail to give people the same freedom we desire.
A church will not grow if it is tearing itself apart within, especially if it seeking to destroy each other, instead of building each other up. Once a person is saved guess what, God by His Spirit is going to mold and shape a person, they only have to listen to God, but God does give teachers and ministers the ability to explain scripture where just reading scripture leaves out history to make it clearer. More study Bibles are being made daily to help in explaning of the time period. A good Bible dictionary helps as well. What happens is most have no time for indepth study because of their busy life. Yet with computer technology the ability to study has become not twenty books on a desk, but one computer, laptop, phone, ipod/ipad or other tools to be able to research with a press of a button or vocal instructions, if you have it set up. What happens as knowledge and understanding expands on what is already known, it makes the picture broader and wider as to the Love of God though the pathway is narrow and only straight pathway to God. He is wanting to change lives. Wanting to changing even the heathen to understand his love and compassion for mankind. The hope of unity is a lively hope of faith. The church is being built inside and outside the church building. The church is expanding and growing. Jesus became the way maker by explaning faith of God with forgiveness as he spread his arms and cried out to His Father to forgive. God did forgive by sending the gift of the Holy Spirit down to man. Spirit of God is with man to all that receive first his Son. For God is a Holy God and can not dwell in unclean vessel. He is desiring to build a holy tabernacle to him, not made with human hands but made of men and women like you and me, that will love him and others because Christ love us and died for us. Christ died and came back to life.
Dear Heavenly Father Thank you for coming to reunited us to your people through your planned redeemer. Knowing your son came to forgive us for our sin, reconcilling us to you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:2Corinthians 5:19-21 KJV
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.