Living Hope | Ephesians 2:19-20 | Devotional
Ephesians 2:19-20 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
In this passage, Paul moves from individual salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9) to reconciliation. There was a time when Gentiles (non-Jews) were “excluded from citizenship…foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God…” (Ephesians 2:12). But Jesus changes things. We “who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13).
At one time Jews and Gentiles were two separate peoples going in different directions. Jesus “made the two one.” At one time there was a great obstacle dividing us. Jesus “destroyed the barrier.” At one time we were separated by a “dividing wall of hostility.” Jesus, “our peace”, abolished the wall by his work on the cross. Now—stick with me here—what Jesus has done on the macro level of nations, he can do in the micro areas of your life.
Maybe you and your spouse are going in different directions. Jesus can make “the two one.” Maybe there is a great obstacle dividing you from your children. Jesus can destroy the barrier. Maybe there is a “dividing wall of hostility” between you and family member or a friend. Jesus can obliterate any wall in the way. Jesus. He “himself is our peace.”
Father, there are some reading this who are more than ready for Jesus to make the two one, destroy the barrier, and obliterate dividing walls. But the other party is not willing to submit to you. So today this is our prayer—bring peace to the heart of the willing and crack through the hard heart of the unwilling. Thank you, Lord Jesus, that this can be done by your work on the cross. In Jesus’ name. Amen.