“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.” Ephesians 2:14
Equality seems to be the most relevant issue today. It’s at the forefront of our society’s mind and is causing a lot of dispute because we’re desperately trying to figure out what it looks like and how to obtain it. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize we were given the answer nearly 2,000 years ago. At a time when inequality was leaps and bounds worse than it is now, Paul declared Christ Himself “is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.”
If this sounds like a bold statement today, we can’t even imagine what it sounded like in Paul’s day. Equality was never discussed, and most likely never thought about. Sure, in the big cities the different cultures and sexes coexisted and did business with each other, but they didn’t share each other’s cultural or religious practices. There certainly were no beautiful plays or songs about everyone living in unity as equals.
This wasn’t an issue on people’s minds in those days because there was no hope for it. Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is that with men there will always be separation and inequality. There will be walls and power struggles and prejudices, but Paul tells us that in Christ there is peace and unity. The only catch is that these can only be found in Christ. How come? Notice how Paul declares Christ Himself is our peace. That means the only place peace can be found is in Him. Therefore, only those who are in Christ will ever experience it. It’s not as if Christ gives us peace then we go out and distribute peace to people on it’s own. It can’t be separated from Christ. Therefore it is completely useless to preach peace and unity unless we are willing to preach Christ.
Join us on Sunday as we open Ephesians 2:11-22 and discover that when we come to Christ we don’t merely receive His blessings, rather we become part of “A New Humanity”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!