The Power of Grace Ministries

August 7

For He Himself is our peace. There is nothing more powerful in the life of a believer then to understand that Jesus is your peace between you and the requirements of God against man. 

Ephesians 2: 14-16
, 14 “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”

 In the previous three verses it is clear that the Apostle Paul was speaking mostly to those who once were Gentiles, but in doing so in the presence of the Jewish believers, he was setting the stage for peace and brotherhood through the unity of the Blood of Christ. Jesus Himself is our peace, to the Gentiles He gave them hope when they had no hope of drawing close to God since they by nature were not of the chosen people. Peace to the Jews in that He was the final sacrifice needed for all sins. This is important to understand, in that both the Gentile and the Jew can learn from each other, now that they are one in Jesus. The Gentile, having no law of Moses, or list of Godly rules obviously was not weighed down by the heaviness that was associated with the Jewish religion. The Law of Moses was given as a tutor, for the purpose of keeping the children of Israel sin conscious and to give them an ability to temporarily reconcile themselves back toward the grace of God (Galatians 3:24,25). Under the Law however, there was never any true grace or reconciliation, hence there was a constant strife for the diligent Jew to be observant of his every action and be ready to make another animal sacrifice when he or she fell into any sin. (Hebrews 10:11-14 “And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this Man, *(Jesus) after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified”). *(Added by me to help emphasize who “He” was in this verse) With the Gentile being without any law of God, they were also unaware of who the true God was and were always searching for and moving from one god to another. The Jewish Christian could now help the newly converted Gentile know their God. In Jesus both the Jew and Gentile are now one body. The Jew could now learn from the born again, ex Gentile, how to walk by faith instead of constantly by works of the law. The ex-Gentile could now learn from the born again, converted, Jew the awesome power and glory of the true God. Jesus truly created one new man from the two and made peace, both with each other and with God through His sacrifice for all sins.