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Ephesians for Beginners - #6 - The Basis for Unity in the Church

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Paul explains the universal nature of the church by outlining the way God has brought together the most disparate groups of that era - Jews and Gentiles. (Eph. 2:11-22)

Paul explains the universal nature of the church by outlining the way God has brought together the most disparate groups of that era - Jews and Gentiles. (Eph. 2:11-22)

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    Ephesians for Beginners - #6 - The Basis for Unity in the Church Ephesians for Beginners - #6 - The Basis for Unity in the Church Presentation Transcript

    • #6 Ephesians The Basis for Unity in the Church forBeginners Mike Mazzalongo BibleTalk.tv
    • Review Paul describes the spiritual blessings God gives to the church Reminds them how God has expressed His mercy in saving them on the basis of faith, not perfectionism
    • Universal Nature of the Church Major fault-line of division in the church was between the Jewish and Gentile converts
    • Position of Gentiles Before God- A.  Uncircumcised 11 Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “ Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands— - Eph. 2:11
    • Position of Gentiles Before God A.  Uncircumcised B.  Excluded 12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel - Eph. 2:12a
    • A.  Uncircumcised B.  Excluded C.  Strangers “..and strangers to the covenants of promise” - Eph. 2:12b Position of Gentiles Before God
    • A.  Uncircumcised B.  Excluded C.  Strangers D.  Hopeless “..having no hope and without God in the world.” - Eph. 2:12c Position of Gentiles Before God
    • Relationship Between Jew & Gentile The Jews either copied (Idolatry) the Gentiles or completely rejected them.
    • Relationships between Jewish & Gentile converts to Judaism Shared a religion but did not share a life
    • Relationships between Jewish & Gentile converts to Christianity A. Jews & Gentiles United to God. - Eph. 2:13-16
    • Relationships between Jewish & Gentile converts to Christianity 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. - Eph. 2:13
    • Relationships between Jewish & Gentile converts to Christianity 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, - Eph. 2:14-15
    • Relationships between Jewish & Gentile converts to Christianity 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. - Eph. 2:16
    • Relationships between Jewish & Gentile converts to Christianity B. Jews & Gentiles United to Each Other - Eph. 2:17-18
    • Relationships between Jewish & Gentile converts to Christianity 17 AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR; 18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. - Eph. 2:17-18
    • Relationships between Jewish & Gentile converts to Christianity C.  Three Images of Unity 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, - Eph. 2:19-20
    • Relationships between Jewish & Gentile converts to Christianity 21  in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit. - Eph. 2:21-22
    • Images of Unity 1. Kingdom of Saints 2. Family /Household 3. Spiritual Temple
    • Images of Unity Paul explains the universal nature of the church by outlining the way God has brought together the most disparate groups at that time, Jews & Gentiles.