but now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made near by the Blood of Christ. For He is our peace, Who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us (Eph. 2:13–14).
When Paul speaks of “the Gospel,” “the Word,” “the Blood,” “Redemption,” “Salvation,” “The Faith,” etc., he is actually referring to the Cross, which stands for all of these things, and even many things we have not named here.
The Cross, typified in Verse 13 by “the Blood of Christ,” paid the price for man’s Redemption, and we speak of the entirety of mankind (Jn. 3:16), and, in so doing, made both Jews and Gentiles one.
The difference between Jews and Gentiles, at least in physical form, was probably evidenced more than anything else by “the middle wall of partition” that separated the Court of the Gentiles from the Court of Women, which stood before the Temple. This wall, which was approximately four feet high, represented the whole Mosaic economy, which separated Jew and Gentile.
As far as the Lord was concerned, the Jews were near because of the Abrahamic Covenant, and the Gentiles were far off. The Gentiles were not included in the Abrahamic Covenant, at least not during the time of the Law. They could be saved, but only by becoming a proselyte Jew.
When Jesus died on the Cross, thereby shedding His Precious Blood, which referred to the pouring out of His Life, which served as the great Sacrifice for sin, which God accepted, this satisfied the Law and all its requirements, which, thereby, made it possible for both Jews and Gentiles to come even closer.
As a result of what the Lord did at the Cross, He established “Peace,” which eliminates all condemnation and guilt. To “make peace” means, therefore, “to join together that which is separated.” Jews and Gentiles, by God’s act of selecting the Jewish nation to be the channel through which He would bring Salvation to the lost, had been separated. Now, in the Blood of Christ, they, in the Church, had been joined. This is the peace spoken of here.
The word chosen by the Holy Spirit to emphasize “peace” actually means, “He, and no other.” This suggests that not only “He Alone,” but “He, in His Own Person,” made peace. It is not only that peace was made by Christ and ranks as His achievement, but that it is so identified with Him that, were He away, it also would fail—so dependent upon Him that, apart from Him, we cannot have it.
All of this was achieved by the Cross. For us to receive all that was achieved, because it was all done for us, we only have to express Faith in Christ and His Finished Work (Rom. 6:11).
Read Luke 11:1–54
Most parents look forward to Christmas and birthdays for the sheer joy of seeing their children open carefully chosen gifts. They try to give the very best presents because it is a way to show their children how much they love them. Our Heavenly Father is like that too.
“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13).
Sometimes, a parent’s giving turns out disastrously. Our Heavenly Father, however, always gives gifts that are right on target. In fact, they’re the best gifts. In this passage God offers the gift of the Holy Spirit to those who ask for it.
The Holy Spirit is a fulfillment of Jesus’ promise to send a counselor to guide His disciples into all truth. The Holy Spirit helps people understand their need of the Savior and teaches them how to live. What better gift than One who knows the heart and mind of God? He wants to share that knowledge.
Prayer for Today: Holy Spirit, lead me into all truth.
Quicklook: Luke 11:5–13
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