Broken Wall. Paul continues in his discussion of the salvation of Jews and Gentiles, reminding us that God Himself is our peace.
14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having
abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments
contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the
two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.
Ephesians 2:14-16, NKJV
As we continue our series of devotions from the book of Ephesians, Paul continues in his discussion of the salvation of Jews and Gentiles, reminding us that God Himself is our peace. We, both Jews and Gentiles, are one in Christ. Christ has literally broken down the middle wall of separation. No longer are we set apart; no longer are we trying to obey His commandments unsuccessfully. Instead, Christ has created, in us, new creatures. Unified in Him, we now walk in peace. All who are believers, Jew or Gentile, are brought to God through the cross.
The chapel at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, pictures this broken wall. Between the two steeples is the empty cross, which has brought together God and man, in Christ. It is not our doctrines or beliefs which have saved us and therefore unify us. Rather, we are one in Christ.
This is rather important to note as we live in a time when God's church is seemingly splintered into thousands and thousands of belief systems. How is one to know the truth?
By God's grace, the truth is found in His Word, the Bible. Go to the Bible, read and study its contents, and pray that God would lead you into its truth by His Holy Spirit. Doctrinal integrity is a good thing, but in our zeal to be obedient to His Word, we have divided and divided again. How wonderful heaven will be when we all stand before God and worship, in unity, at His throne.
What a wonderful blessing many of us have to go to church and worship God in freedom. However, let us be diligent in studying God's Word, and let us examine what is being taught in our churches in light of His Word. It is true that many of us have not studied the original Hebrew and Greek in which the Bible was written, but there are many excellent Bible translations in our own languages. We would do well to immerse ourselves in God's Word each and every day.
Let us, then, go forth this day in praise and honor to our dear Lord and Savior, thanking Him for the broken wall. Let us thank God that the way of salvation has been opened to all through the death, resurrection, and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ.
He is the way, He is the truth, and He is the life!