11Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "Uncircumcision" by the so-called "Circumcision," [which is] performed in the flesh by human hands-- 12[remember] that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

  • we Gentiles were
    • separate from Christ
    • excluded from Israel
    • strangers to the promise
    • no hope
    • no God

13But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

  • but now - oh I love that
  • we were FORMERLY "far off"
    • Peter called it out on the day of Pentecost - Acts 2:39 "for all who are afar off"

14For He Himself is our peace, who made both [groups into] one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,

  • He is our peace - the one who is our connection our union
  • made the two one - in Himself
  • broke down the barrier
  • All cultures - all peoples - all of mankind joined here at the cross - in Christ
  • racism is abolished here

15by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, [which is] the Lawof commandments [contained] in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man,[thus] establishing peace, 16and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. 

  • No one gets to boast about the law any more
  • Jew and Gentile have been fused into one - Christ
  • “the ground is level at the Cross” - It is the Cross of Christ that makes us the same.  We are just as guilty - and just as loved - we are all just as saved, and NONE Of us can boast

17AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR; 18for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.

  • through Him
    • the Spirit - the downpayment of our great inheritance
    • the Father - given back to our Abba who was the architect of it all!

19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household,

    • you are not alone!
    • you are not on your own
    • you are not an outcast anymore
    • you are not the little guy, the broken guy, the poor guy any more
  • Citizens with the saints
    • we stand next to Abraham, Elijah, Moses, and David
    • we stand next to Peter, John, James and Paul
    • God’s household - the royalty of the universe
      • welcome at Dad’s table
      • welcome in his fridge etc

20having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himselfbeing the corner [stone],

  • God’s household - built on the apostles and prophets
  • Jesus the Cornerstone
    • holds it all together
    • gives all of it the correct place
    • sets us in relationship to one another
    • keeps us aligned

21in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, 22in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

  • This is the church - God’s work of salvation throughout the ages
  • His dwelling place
  • Isaiah 60 - the glory will rise upon you
    • Once again - God’s incredible decision to use the human race in all he does
    • He dwells in us
    • He exerts His power and influence in the world through us.