Jesus Christ…Our Peace (Ephesians 2:14)
Ephesians 2:14, “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us…”
Two painters were in a contest where each said they could paint a picture of peace. One painter painted a sunset with the sun going down over the calm water. It all looked very nice and the picture had a very calming effect. The other painter painted a picture of a fierce storm. In it, the sky was dark and there was lightning, thunder, and dark clouds rolling overhead. The picture showed the waves crashing against the rocks. Things looked fairly chaotic. But in the corner of the painting, at the bottom, were two big stones with a bird in the middle of them. The bird was singing. Now that's peace. Peace is where God's calm and His tranquility overrule your concerns. He has not only made peace and proclaimed peace, but Christ is our peace.
A wall in the Jerusalem temple prevented Gentiles from entering, but the cross removes such barriers, granting Jews and Gentiles equal access to God. Jesus Christ is the reconciler between Jew and Gentile. He has “broken down the middle wall of partition between us.” In the Temple, at Jerusalem, there was a wall in the Temple court partitioning off the area in which Gentiles were allowed. Christ has eliminated the barrier between Jew and Gentile in the church. The law shut up everyone under sin. It is impossible for sinners to earn a righteous standing before God through the keeping of the Law (Galatians 3:19-24). God’s holy law created a barrier between sinners and God. Jesus Christ broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, which created enmity between the Jews and the Gentiles. The wall of separation has been removed between Jewish and Gentile believers through Jesus Christ. Jesus removed these barriers by fulfilling the requirements of the Law. Christians are no longer living under the Law. They are living under grace. God's standard of holiness is still revealed in the Law, but Christ fulfilled this standard. In Him, we have salvation and are declared righteous. This verse takes our minds back to the veil of the Temple that separated man from the holy of holies where God dwelt. This veil was torn in two the very moment that Christ died (Matthew 27:50-51). Christ not only made peace, but He is our peace. Peace can be found only in one place, in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, because He alone can deal with our inherent sin problem. If you are in Christ and I am in Christ, then He, Himself, becomes the source of peace between us.
“Without justification it is impossible to have real peace. Conscience forbids it. Sin is a mountain between a man and God, and must be taken away. The sense of guilt lies heavy on the heart and must be removed. Unpardoned sin will murder peace. The true Christian knows all this well. His peace arises from a consciousness of his sins being forgiven, and his guilt being put away... He has peace with God, because he is justified.”—J.C. Ryle
1) Christ is our peace with God.
There was a wall of partition separating us from God: our sin and guilt. But Christ came in human flesh to reconcile a holy God and His sinful people. In order to do so, He established righteousness for us, such as God’s law required, and satisfied the justice of God against us by pouring out His own life’s blood unto death as our Substitute. By His great atonement, the Son of God has taken away the sin which separated God and His chosen people. By the power of His Spirit, through the preaching of the gospel, the Lord Jesus Christ has persuaded us who believe to be reconciled to God. He is our peace, because He has reconciled God to us by His blood and reconciled us to God by his grace.
2) Christ is our peace with one another.
He has made all believers one in Himself. Coming to Christ in faith, we are united in heart and purpose with all other believers. Faith in Christ destroys all those distinctions of the flesh which alienate sinful men: race, social standing, education, etc. In the kingdom of grace there is neither black nor white, male nor female, rich nor poor: but Christ is all, and in all. ‘He is our peace,’ because we are one in Him.
3) Christ is our peace within ourselves.
When Christ rules in a man’s heart, He causes that heart to be at peace. It is written, ‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3). “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7). He is our peace because He brings peace to the heart.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for the Prince of Peace and all the ways He brings peace to my life. Thank You first for establishing peace with me by allowing Your Son to settle all the debts and offenses that would have prevented me from ever knowing You. Thank You for the peace of Your presence and power in my life that overcomes all obstacles and draws me to You. In Jesus Name, AMEN!
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