Gene Cunningham - June 9, 2003

Ephesians #11

Ephesians #11

Eph 2:1-10 the work of Christ to reconcile; Eph 2:11-22 practical effect of reconciliation. Gentiles were far off - aliens from Israel. Privileges come from citizenship (Phi 3:20). "Far off" and "near" are contrasts Hebrew Rabbis often made between Jews and Gentiles. Eph 2:13 we're brought near by the blood of Jesus Christ. Eph 2:14 He is our Peace -- the condition for relations and fellowship (Rom 5:1, Phi 4:6-7). Barriers were removed between God and man, but also Jew an Gentile; God has no superior children (Isa 57:19, Eph 2:14-18). Lost sheep parable shows God's attitude toward repentance (Mat 18:12-24, James 4:6). Eph 2:19-22 uses analogies for relationships in Christ's body: citizens, family, building (1Co 3:10-15).

Scripture References: Ephesians 2:19-22, Ephesians 2:13, Matthew 18:12-24, Philippians 3:20, Ephesians 2:14-18, Ephesians 2:11-22, Isaiah 57:19, Ephesians 2:1-10, Philippians 4:6-7, Romans 5:1, Ephesians 2:14

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More than any book Ephesians reveals the blessings from God based on our relationship with Jesus Christ by grace through faith. Eph 1:3 is the a key verse. Other key verses by chapter include Eph 2:8 Eph 3:19 Eph 4:1 Eph 5:18 and Eph 6:10-11.

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