“Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility. . .” Ephesians 2:12-14 (ESV)

Law and Gospel. Right here we see both of them. When I go canvassing a neighborhood this is exactly what I want people to see. That we are sinners which separates us from God which can only be bridged by our savior. Looking at these verses from Ephesians, it is beautiful to look at the time frames given; something changed; we are no longer in the same status that we once were.
One of my theology professors always claims that we should look at the verbs. Doing so in this instance reveals very passive participation by us focusing instead of God doing something to us. The creation and destruction cited in the last sentence strongly proclaims the life of Christ particularly the passion which we focus on during Lent. As Christ was on the cross, the curtain dividing the Holy of Holies in the temple was broken ending that separation and once again uniting God with man (Matt 27:51).


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