RECONCILIATION OF JEWS AND GENTILES
All who believe in Christ are made the children of God. One of the identifying marks of a Jew was circumcision. The Gentiles were not circumcised and thus were counted as outcasts. The Apostle in addressing believers in Christ saw circumcision in the flesh made with hands as inferior. He appealed to the true circumcision of the heart. This brings all people together regardless of their background. The Apostle told the believers to remember their benefits as children of God without that external operation. They were now co-heirs of the blessings of Christ.
Paul described those benefits in Ephesians 2:12-13 that when Christ died on the cross and shed His blood, He opened the door for all nations to be partakers of the promises of God. This includes heritage of His kingdom. Believers from every nation are admitted to the fold of God. This truth gives them the greatest satisfaction. The Apostle called it “our peace” (Eph 2:14). Christ removed the barrier that stood in the way and brought all people together to become the universal church.
The Apostles carried this message in their missionary activities. Many were brought to Christ. That message has remained for centuries and the church today stands on the basis of its truth. Many pioneer missionaries started churches with husband and wife as the only members. However, their faithful labours in many cases saw whole communities being converted to Christ. It was so in the early church that the enemies in Thessalonica testified that the Apostles had “… turned the world upside down …” (Acts 17:6). The Apostles’ message touched individuals and many were soundly saved. Ephesus was no exception, the gospel brought many to Christ, both Jews and Gentiles.
THOUGHT: Jesus is the Saviour of both Jews and Gentiles.
PRAYER: Lord, may the gospel preached bring many to salvation.