Sunday, October 18, 2009

RECONCILED IN ONE BODY BY THE CROSS


"and might reconcile both in one body to God through the cross, having slain the enmity in it,"
(Ephesians 2:16)

There was such enmity between Jews and Gentiles that it took the greatest of all works to bring them together.

It took the work of Christ on the cross. As we see the glory and power of the finished work of Christ on the cross of Calvary to put away our sins and establish our only righteousness before God, we are brought together into one body - the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

It took the blood of the cross to reconcile God to us and us to God (2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Colossians 1:20), and it takes the blood of the cross to reconcile us to one another (Ephesians 2:14-15).

Our unity and peace with one another is founded upon the fact that "through HIM we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father" (Ephesians 2:18).

We who look to and rest in Christ's shed blood and imputed righteousness for all of salvation are, by God's grace, in fellowship one with another.

By Bill Parker

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