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REAP: Ephesians 2:11-21

September 16, 2019

 

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"For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility."

- Ephesians 2:14

 

Examine

v. 11 - Ww are often separated into groups by those who want to do their own selfish thing

v. 12 - We once belonged to the group of unbelievers, not knowing we were dying in our sins

v. 13 -Christ paid for us to leave our former group and enter a new group

v. 14 - Christ paid the price for all, regardless of who we are or what we have

v. 15 - Man-made barriers are broken

v. 16 - Hatred was defeated. We are offered peace with God

v. 17 - Christ shares this good news

v. 18 - It is available to all

v. 19 - We are all a part of God's Family

v. 20-22 - We are a part of the Kingdom God is building, with Christ as the cornerstone, the mortar, and the scaffolding to reach new heights.

 

Apply

The world separates people into groups; race, color, money, interests, beliefs, etc. We often think these groups are important to our daily lives. But, these groups can give us a false sense that we are alright with God. Ultimately, only one group matters - the Kingdom of God.

 

Christ has paid our entry to God's Kingdom. His death covered the cost. But, we aren't just members. We are part of the building that houses God's Spirit. We are one with fellow believers because of the bonds we have through Christ. Together through Christ, we can reach the world.

 

Pray

Almighty God,

Thank you for sending Your Son to break down the barriers caused by my sin. I am grateful for Your acceptance of me into your Kingdom. Help me to grow and use me to reach the world in Your Name.

 

Amen

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