The Blessing of Reconciliation
Book of Ephesians 2:11-22
Reconciliation is a change from being an enemy to becoming a friend and it is mutual between both parties.
Before we begin this lesson today, we must clearly understand God will never compromise His position or go against His Word to become our friend.
It is we who are sinners who must make a change. It’s called “repentance”!
Today many of the church are trying to compromise with the sin of the world, and going against the Word of God.
That congregation may feel they have done the right thing, but God will never approve of such things!
We can never compromise the Word of God because His Word is settled In Heaven and it cannot be changed on earth!
We need to understand what God has already done:
1) Before Jesus Christ, God dealt with man through the Jewish nation. Since Christ (the Messiah) has come God has dealt with humanity on a world-wide scale in those who would follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
Note: Those who claim there were writings before the time of Moses have forgotten the Tower of Babel, where God scattered all people to their different locations and certainly there would be many similarities, but the 66 books we have are the complete and the whole truth.
God takes the Jew and the Gentile (all others than Jews) and creates a new race of people called the Christian by this evil world!
2) Before Jesus Christ, God dealt with nations but after the Messiah, God is dealing with the individual through Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit.
Heb 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3) God is no longer dealing with earthly divisions of nations. God is dealing with a new nationality a new body of people, the Body of Christ, the Church! These are the same ones who will join Christ in His New Kingdom!
These are all those who have been born again into the family of God.
These are the same ones who can look back and see how far they have come, since accepting the work of the Lord Jesus Christ for their salvation.
*****Eph 2:11 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;
Eph 2:12 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:
As Christians we should be able to look back at the miserable condition we were in before coming to know the Lord Jesus Christ in a personal way.
The word Gentile means all others but the Jews. (Sometimes even called Heathen)
The word uncircumcision means all those who are not in the covenant that God made with the Abraham.
The word Circumcision would mean Jews, but only the Jews who are under the covenant God made with Abraham. (would include some Proselytes)
Circumcision involved the removal of a certain piece of flesh by some other human being, with that skill.
The most important statement in this Scripture is, “that we were without Jesus Christ”. “We were cut off and separated from God”!
To be a Christian is to say, “I am not what I once was”! “I am a used to be”
We were not only lost through our sin, but we were one step away from eternal death, eternal separation from God!
When we remember these things, we should feel joy.
1Co 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Col 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
As Christians when we look back, we can see that we once lived in spiritual misery!
When I look back, I can remember many days that I thought I was having fun, but I can remember just as many days I was in total misery!
The Jews intended to keep God to themselves and this led to their own downfall!
No one, nor no one nation owns God!
The Jews rejected God’s Son, and it brought their destruction, a destruction that just recently has shown signs of recovery.
God turned to the Gentiles and this allowed the Jews to grow again. The Jewish nation has always grown through adversity!
The all-time greatest event by far in the history of our world was the visit of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ!
If the world cannot accept this, then this world will see the wrath of God while still living in a world with no hope.
In this season of the birth of Jesus Christ, there far too many who suffer from SAD. This is Seasonal, Affective, Disorder and the cause of this thing which brings so much “depression” into their lives is a lack of light. Many believe it is a lack of sunlight because of the winter months but , they suffer from a lack of the Light of Jesus.
Do not fall into this trap of depression but come to know the Savior, who is also the Light of this world!
Those so full of depression and live without hope will stand before God in their own person and be separated from Him forever.
Those who have trusted in the work of the Lord, the light of this world will stand before God, with Christ, and will live eternally with God.
To be without Christ is to be lost and to have no hope!
Isa 45:19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.
Isa 45:20 Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.
To know Jesus Christ is to be washed in His blood and freedom from sin!
*****Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
The world is so blind not to realize that it is “sin” that separates humanity from a loving God!
It is sin that separates one group of people from another.
It is sin that destroys families!!!!!!!!
Sin not only has broken harmony with God but has continued to bring this world toward destruction!!!!!!
Only Jesus Christ can bring us near to our God, the only God.
We are made nigh to God “by the blood” of our Lord!
The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ is the blood of the everlasting covenant that can never be changed nor made to be void!
Jesus Christ came to this earth to give every human being an opportunity to draw nigh to God!
God loved each of us enough that He was willing to forgive us of all our sins.
God had already said that the wages of sin was death and this problem had to be overcome and only He had the power to do this!
Since we as individuals could not solve this problem without our own death and since there had never lived a perfect human being, then God had to do this thing Himself!
God had to provide the perfect and ideal man who was willing to die, so all mankind could get an opportunity to be saved that they never had.
The Lord Jesus Christ came to this earth to die for our sins. This was His mission. But while He was here He took the time necessary to see that all the world would have the knowledge of salvation, then named the “Gospel” which is the “Good News” of God’s plan of salvation!
2Co 5:21 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.
1Pe 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pe 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1Pe 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
1Pe 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
God had to physically show us all just how much He loves us!
Rom 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Rom 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us
It is the Lord Jesus Christ who has made a way for us to be at peace with a God who despises sin!
*****Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Eph 2:15 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;
The Lord Jesus Christ did not purchase our peace because the Lord Jesus Christ “is our peace” in His person, simply because Jesus Christ is the Peace-Maker!
Jesus Christ has broken down the wall that was between the Jews and Gentiles to form the Church, the Body of Christ.
What was the Apostle Peter’s greatest lesson?
Act 10:28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; “but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean”.
The majority of our world still have not learned this lesson!
We are all in this thing together and together we can be a force for peace, that peace being in Jesus Christ.
There are no barriers in the Church caused by God, there are only those barriers we put up ourselves.
All those who come to Jesus Christ by faith, not only receive the free gift of salvation, but all receive a common love, a common purpose, and a common work.
Rom 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
If we go back to the Tower of Babel we know that those who had forsaken the commands of God, the Heathen, were scattered all over this world and had wandered far from God.
Gen_11:9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
God then chose one people who became Israel to continue to bring forth the true Word of God not like the distorted writings of others.
In fact, it is the Jews who took so much care to preserve the Word of God!
Because Israel later forsook God, God then forsook these people for a time. Remember Israel was just one speck on the globe and God’s plans included all people who would call upon His name in this entire world.
Rom_10:13 For “whosoever” shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (red and yellow, black and white, they are all precious in His sight)
1Ti_2:4 Who will have “all men” to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (all humanity)
The Jews not only had the Word of God, but they had the laws of Moses. There 613 laws that the Jews tried to keep just for one year and then they could be forgiven and then begin a new year, but it was impossible for any human being to keep all those laws.
Just to break one of those laws would mean they had failed and the wages of sin was death even at that time.
This is the thing that the Lord Jesus Christ abolished with His own death on the Cross at Mount Calvary, where He also spilled His life saving blood!
Mat_5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, “but to fulfil”.
God would never destroy the Law because all the Word of God is perfect, but the ceremonial law was imperfect in that it was not the answer to salvation.
Heb_9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
It was only the Lord Jesus Christ who could do these things because He was also perfect.
No one has to ever approach God through laws and sacrifices or works or ceremonies of any kind.
The only way to approach God is “by faith” in the work of His Dear Son!
Those that still choose to try to reach God by some law need to realize that they must obey all the Law everyday of their lives, which is impossible.
Rom 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
That word enmity is the opposite of friendship. Those who remain in opposition to the truth of God!
We do not have the right to choose what manner we will worship our God and He has established that we will worship Him by faith in the work of His Son!
There is no way to worship God beyond this truth!
It is Jesus Christ that has broken down the wall of partition between all mankind and God!
*****Eph 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
What is it to be incorporated?
We must be united in one body. This is the Church. This is the Body of Christ
We must be incorporated with Jesus Christ before we can be reconciled to God!
Rom 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Rom 5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
That word reconcile means to change thoroughly, (from enemy to friend), to restore the relationship that Adam once had with God, before sin entered his life.
Gen 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
In the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, the veil of the Temple was rent into from the top to the bottom and a way was made into the throne room of God because this is the only way we can approach the throne of “Grace”, it is by His Dear Son.
Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
There is just no way to realize all the things that Jesus Christ finished when He gave us His life to reconcile us to His Father and our God!
Joh_19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
As believers we are not only free from sin, but we are forever free from the punishment for sin.
God is the One who has done the reconciling, we had absolutely no part in this work. God is the One who reached out to humanity and not that mankind reached out to God!
From the very moment the Lord Jesus was born upon this earth, His actions were there to teach us peace.
Luk 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Luk 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
The Virgin birth.
The swaddling clothes.
Many other things.
The Lord Jesus had to wait until the age of 30 according to Jewish law to be a relevant preacher and during His short time of 3 and 1/2 years, He preached not only to the Jews but to the Gentiles.
We certainly must understand that by the Holy Spirit, The Lord Jesus Christ is still preaching every day to all those who call on Him through “Faith”.
Joh_14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Jesus Christ will preach to those who love Him until we meet Him face to face!
*****Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Those who reject the power and the truth of the Triune God certainly do not understand the truth of God, because only the believer can understand the riches of God’s Word.
Through Jesus Christ all mankind can have access by the Holy Spirit to our Father in Heaven.
There is nothing confusing about these words!
The Doctrine of the Holy Trinity is at the center of all Christian Doctrines!
This is a thing we know of our God, but it is only part of His Wonderful Character. Three natures but One God!
It can be called the mystery of mysteries to those who are lost but also the absolute understandable truth to the true Christian!
He is also Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier in three persons but One God!
The source of all things is One God, whose name is Jehovah!
Exo_6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.
Through the Lord Jesus Christ, all those who believed, have “Faith”, can one day come face to face to Jehovah God!
Jesus Christ is the only One who can open the door into God’s presence!
Jesus Christ is the only One who can cause us to be citizens in Heaven!
*****Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
The household of God begins as the Church here on Earth and ends in the New Heaven throughout eternity.
1Co 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
1Co 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
How did we all begin before we met the Lord Jesus Christ? we must remember verse 12.
Eph 2:12 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:
How did these things change?
Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
If we be Christ’s, it is because we have the “faith” of Abraham!
1Jn 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
We are not angels, we are not Jews, “we become Christians” if we follow the example that Christ has given us but more important we become Saints.
There is no other way to become a Saint of God!
As Saints we are set aside for God’s use as He sees fit!
We speak of people and we speak of nations but as saints we are citizens of the New Nation that God is creating!
A nation that consist only of one family, the family of God.
We are adopted children who will be before the Lord continuously throughout eternity!
To understand adoption, we should understand we have a new relationship with God forever.
Our relationship is as a Father to His newly born child, “a baby”.
We will always, even throughout eternity, have moment by moment contact with our Father.
We will have a special relationship, a family relationship, with all the other of God’s children.
We are no longer under the authority of the powers of this world but are now under the authority of our heavenly Father!
We have already been adopted and we are waiting our Lord Jesus to pick us up and take us home to be presented to our Father!
Our big Brother, who is our God, will soon come to take us home.
1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
And we will be just like Him!
1Jn 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
All because we have faith in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and the words He gave to those 12 Apostles and by understanding that God had said these things could happen all along.
*****Eph 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Notice how God builds His Church to house His Saints.
Every building needs a solid foundation!
The greatest of buildings also have a Chief Cornerstone!
Each “Born Again” child of God are then the building material to construct the greatest of buildings which is the Church.
Psa 46:5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
Remember that word dispensation actually means “house-management”, God personally manages the building up of His house.
Remember the Tower of Babel how those people tried to build a building that would reach into Heaven, but this could never be done because it did not have the proper foundation.
God also builds His army by making the Lord Jesus Christ the Captain of our salvation.
Heb 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
God has written the Words of salvation by His Personal Author.
Heb 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
The Church that God builds will be “fitly” framed together!
*****Eph 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
To have a perfect understanding here, we must remember the Temple that King Solomon built how the stones were so perfectly cut that when they were put together they did not require any mortar because there were no gaps.
Mortar would represent sin in this example.
Those who reject the Old Testament, reject some precious examples that God used to explain the “Gospel” to the Jewish People.
Those that reject the Old Testament reject that salvation came by “faith” such that Abraham had, just as it does today. A faith such as Abraham had in the truth of God!
We cannot reject any part of the Word of God and “yes all denominations”, we must understand “a literal translation” of the Word of God!
Just had to throw that in.
The whole structure of God’s Church rises like a great pile of “everlasting living” materials into an Holy Temple of the Lord!
This structure is dedicated to Jesus Christ and will be inhabited by Him in New Jerusalem!
The Church is alive today and the Church will always be alive because it cannot die!
Every living member of this Church will always have a function and a purpose.
Every believer from every “Age” since the time of Adam, will have a part in this Holy Temple of God!
It is the Lord Jesus Christ and only the Lord Jesus Christ who places every believer in their required position! (He decides this not us)
With every believer being filled with the Holy Spirit, what a magnificent building it will be! Glory, Glory, Glory
*****Eph 2:22 In whom “ye” (you) also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
This “you” represents each believer, each Christian, in the church in Ephesus.
This “you” also represents the Church itself.
Each and every Church that is built with these same guidelines is a building structured for God’s purpose!
Each member is an essential, living, stone, placed into this building.
The stability of the Church lies in each stone placed by the hand of God into the exact place, so this building can carry the load, each stone carrying its own load therefore fulfilling the purpose of the Church!
The Holy Spirit of God will dwell within each believer to conform this glorious work of the Lord to an image of God’s will in this evil world!
A church is not a church if the Holy Spirit is not in control of its members!
Psa 68:16 Why leap ye, ye high hills? this is the hill which God desireth to dwell in; yea, the LORD will dwell in it for ever.
The place that the Lord has chosen is the same place we need to be!