Paul continues to speak to the Ephesians about their disconnectedness and hostility towards each other, and their great need to see themselves as one in Christ. Ephesians 2:14 “For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.” He concludes in verse 18, “Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.”
How often do you see differences in the practices of faith as divisive? On matters of baptism, dress, communion, music, worship styles, we can and do differ. On matters of the heart of the gospel- the saving power of Jesus and His death and resurrection, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and His transforming power there should be no division. As Paul says we are united and can approach God or have access to God through His Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us. Jesus has brought us peace and equal access to God the Father.
Let the heart of the gospel guide you as you connect with other Christians and unbelievers, so that the truth of His Spirit will shine through your life. Because Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, we are one in access to His Spirit and can have His peace. Praise God for His powerful Holy Spirit that allows us access to God and His peace.
Because I believe Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, I am not condemned. Romans 8:1 is one of my all time favorite verses. It brings the truth of the gospel and what it means to me into reality. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Because of what Jesus did on the cross, paying the penalty for my sins, and my faith in His saving power, I am no longer subject to the condemnation or guilty charge brought on by my sins. The Amplified Bible adds to this verse and makes it really clear. “Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior].” Without Christ dying on the cross and rising from the dead, we would still be under the penalty of sin, which is death. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” My faith in Jesus puts me in a privileged category of No Condemnation! When God looks at me, He sees the blood of Jesus covering me and not my sins. I am free from the penalty which I deserve for my sinfulness by God’s grace and mercy. He sent Jesus to take my place and redeem me. In addition, He has given me the gift of eternal life with Him. What a magnificent and merciful God we serve!
As you ponder this truth today, praise and thank Jesus for His redeeming work on the cross. What better thoughts to have this Lenten season than praise and thankfulness for the sacrifice that Jesus made on for each of us. He broke the chains of sin for us and we are free to live without condemnation. This song of Zach Williams reminds me of my true freedom through Christ.
Praising the Savior,