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God’s Power Changes Relationships    Eph. 2:11-22     Sept. 26, 2010


Introduction

       What a joy it is to notice people whose lives are completely changed by the power of God.. Paul gave that kind of an example. Many jews and gentiles in Ephesus also gave such a demonstration. What about your are someone recently saved in your church fellowship? In the text Paul tells us Christ did all of these for the believer: 1) He died for us v 13, 2) He became our peace v14, 3) He made Jews and Gentiles one vs 14-16,

4) He broke down the wall of partition between Jews and Gentiles vs 14-16, 5) He abolished the law v 15,

6) He reconciled men to God v 16, 7) He slew the enmity vs 15-16, 8) He preached peace to all men v 17, and 9) He made access to God v18. Yes! God’s Power Changes Relationships.


 

1.   The Power To Change Relationships Gives . . Hope. 2:11-14

       A.   Hope Came After Our the Lord . . Changed Our Lives. 2:11-12

11 So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh—called "the uncircumcised" by

       those called "the circumcised," done by hand in the flesh. 12 At that time you were without the Messiah,

       excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, with no hope and

       without God in the world.

 

       B.   Hope Came After Our the Lord . . Controlled Our Lives. 2:12-14

13 But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of the

       Messiah. 14 For He is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility.

       In His flesh,


       Hope is a great quality to have and Christ gives it to us. Because he changed our lives. At one time we were without the Messiah but now He reigns in our lives. In Israel today most Jews will tell you they expect the Messiah to come. They fail to recognize He has already been here and is coming back. Their thought today make the same mistake there forefathers made as they look for a political rather than a spiritual leader. The hope of the Lord controls those who want to be surrendered to Him. Adam Wainwright the pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinal baseball team said recently said, “Jesus stands on the baseball mound with me and He is in control.” What a good testimony.


 

2.   The Power To Change Relationships Eliminates . . Hostility. 2:15-18

       A.   Hostility Disappeared As Christ . .Reconciled Us To God. 2:15-16

15 He did away with the law of the commandments in regulations, so that He might create in Himself

       one new man from the two, resulting in peace. 16 He did this so that He might reconcile both to God in one

       body through the cross and put the hostility to death by it.

 

       B.   Hostility Disappeared As Christ . .Revealed His Peace To Us. 2:17-18

17 When Christ came, He proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to

        those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.


       Do you know anyone who held a very hostile view of people and life and then came to Jesus? Our text tells us he put the hostility to death through the cross. Our hostility, if we had any, was done away with through through the work of Christ as we were reconciled to Him and His people. The revelation of the different way of life came through a provision from the Lord. I like to be around new Christians. They can be so exciting as the Lord makes such a difference in their life. One evangelist used to say, if you say the Lord is coming a new Christian looks to the sky and says where, where.

 

 

3.   The Power To Change Relationships Gives A New . . Household. 2:19-22

       A.   We Received A . . Welcome Into God’s Household. 2:19-20

19 So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members

       of God's household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as

       the cornerstone.

 

       B.   We Received The . . Witness Of God’s Spirit In God’s Household. 2:21-22

21 The whole building is being fitted together in Him and is growing into a holy sanctuary in the Lord,

       22 in whom you also are being built together for God's dwelling in the Spirit. (HCSB.)


My wife and I, after living in a parsonage for 17 years, just built a new house. We welcomed many into it to let them see us in our brand new househ. Some day we who know the Lord will one day receive His welcome into the place He prepared for us. We receive the privilege to share Christ with others and they likewise can be welcomed into His Household. One commentator making reference to the heavenly home points out Christ is the corner stone, the apostles and NT prophets are the foundation, and each Christian is a stone in the building Christ as the sole foundation and we may build upon it. Did you see the text also says God’s Spirit lives now in our spirit? Yes! God’s Power Changes Relationships. Amen? Amen!