Time to Get Together
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Genesis 2:24
V. 11-13 - ____________________________
Paul now moves from discussing our change in relationship with God (2:1-10) to the change in _________________ that it brings.
Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (v. 11-13)
Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; 1 Peter 2:10a
v. 14-18 - ____________________________ with God
For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. (v. 14-18)
The Jewish Law became a dividing point between Jews and Gentiles:
Jews treated Gentiles with ____________________
Gentiles viewed Jews with ____________________
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2
The reconciliation God speaks of is both _________________ and ________________________.
v. 19-22 – Building a ____________________________
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (v. 19-22)
Do you remember the last time you were chosen?