Ephesians Big Idea's - Part 4

Ephesians Big Idea's - Part 4
Ephesians 2:11-22
Redemption – Revelation – Resurrection – Reconciliation - Remedy

Reconciliation

  • To repair, to make good again!
  • To reconcile causes a person to accept or be resigned to something not desired.
  • To be reconciled means to win over to friendliness.
  • In the original language: <Gk> katalagge = "change" or "exchange"
  • A change from enmity to friendship, to bring into a changed relationship.
  • It is mutual, i.e., it is a change wrought in both parties who have been at enmity.

Ephesians 2:11-22

  • Vss 11-12 – Remember where you came from!
  • Vss 13-15 – Remember Who made a way!
  • Vss 16-18 – Remember Who's idea this was!
  • Vss 19-22 – Remember His Benefits!

Remember where you came from!

Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "Uncircumcision" by the so-called "Circumcision," which is performed in the flesh by human hands—remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. Ephesians 2:11-12

Remember who made a way!

But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace Ephesians 2:13-15

Remember whose idea this was!

and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. Ephesians 2:16-18

For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8

"To reconcile man with man and not with God is to reconcile no one at all." --- Thomas Merton (1915–1968)

Remember His benefits!

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit. Ephesians 2:19-22

Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Romans 5:9-10

Ephesians 2:14

He is my peace,
who has broken down every wall.
He is my peace, He is my peace.
He is my peace,
who has broken down every wall.
He is my peace, He is my peace.
Cast all you cares on Him,
for He careth for you.
He is my peace, He is my peace.
Cast all you cares on Him,
for He careth for you.
He is my peace, He is my peace.