Encouragement in Ephesians
“For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.”Ephesians 2: 14-16
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Have you ever noticed that God likes to break down walls? Through the strength of Samson, God broke down the temple of the Philistines’ false god (Judges 16). To fulfill His promise to the people of Israel, God destroyed the walls of Jericho (Joshua 6). Finally, He broke down the biggest wall of them all—the “wall of hostility” that once separated us from Him.
Before Jesus defeated sin, death, and the devil, we were alienated from God and without hope of salvation or eternal life. This separation was a wall that we could not tear down ourselves! Yet Ephesians 2:14 says that Jesus has “broken down in His flesh the dividing wall of hostility.” In other words, His death on the cross and resurrection from the grave have broken the power of sin, death, and the devil. Christ has broken down the whole wall of hostility between you and your heavenly Father.
But Jesus doesn’t stop there. He made peace by reconciling and unifying us. He serves as our one mediator (1 Timothy 2:5), and through Him, we have full access to God and His promises. We may try to build up our own walls from time to time, especially between ourselves and God. We do this when we hold on to “pet sins,” when we harbor distrust toward God, and when we just want to do things our own way. These walls are common. What’s worse, they are sins—or bricks—that we can’t demolish on our own. What is left to do with the walls we build, if we cannot tear them down?
When Jesus broke down the dividing wall of hostility, it wasn’t just a second chance. Christ still stands as our mediator and continues to break down these walls daily. God is faithful and just to forgive, and He will not let anything separate us from Him. Romans 8:38–39 says, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” All of these things are unable to separate us from God because, once and for all, Christ has demolished the power of sin, death, and the devil to keep us from Him. Now we live in the freedom and confidence of our salvation in Christ Jesus.
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