This week Chris Hall will be speaking from Ephesians 2. Chris continues our series ‘In Christ’ with a talk titled ‘Included in Christ’.
- Write down each word or expression which describe the old state
- Now write down each word or expression which describes the new state
- Consider what you have written. What do you notice?
11Therefore remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves the “circumcision” (that done in the body by human hands)— 12remember 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. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.
14For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
19Consequently you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow-citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
(New International Version)