Studies in Ephesians – Ephesians 2: 11-22
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See also: Gal. 3:27, 28; I Cor. 3:11; I Peter 2:6; Rms. 12. 1, 2; I Cor. 12:14-15; Is. 28:16; Ps. 118: 22
Blood that bonds – v. 13 – Ever watch an old western? You might have seen the ceremony of two men becoming blood brothers. When we were immersed into Christ we became brothers and sisters by a bond of blood.
Unity – v. 14, 18 — There is a strength in unity, and there is a unity in the body of Christ. We are united with Christians across the world, and we are united with Christians through the ages. The voices of Christian leaders echo over the ages. They thrill us with their love of God. They shame us with their absolute devotion.
Intertwining – v. 19 – In Christ we are a body knit together. The aches and pains of one are those of the body.
Leadership – v. 20 – The church is built on one cornerstone, Christ. Its support is the apostles and prophets. As I rest my hand on the Bible with its New Testament I have the apostles with me. They are no farther than arm’s reach. These apostles – Matthew, Mark, John, James, Peter, Paul – and these prophets – Luke and the writer of Hebrews – still offer that leadership and order that the church needs.
Dwelling – v. 22 – When Jesus left, he gave a promise that he would send the Comforter. That Holy Spirit abides in the church, since we are intended to be the dwelling place of God. When the sick, poor, and lonely turn to the church for refuge, the church must respond in the loving spirit of Christ.
Exemplary story: No doubt you have heard of how Sam pieced together the map of the world. For her geography lesson one teacher distributed to her pupils copies of a world map from an activity book. The teacher cut each sheet of paper into a dozen or so pieces. She asked her class to reassemble the map. The challenge seemed formidable.
Sam completed his puzzle first. The teacher praised for his accomplishment. Then she asked how he had finished his work so quickly.
He replied, “I just put Jesus together and then the world fell in place.” Sam saw something the teacher had overlooked. On the reverse side of the map was a picture of Jesus.