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A New Creation in Christ

Submitted by on Tuesday, 21 October 2008No Comment
  • Reading IEphesians 2:12-22
  • Resp. Psalm: Psalm 85:9-10,13-14
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 12:35-38

 

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Ephesians 2:12-22 continues from yesterday’s selection.  I have chosen Cerezo’s illustration for All Saints’ day as the passage’s pictorial application.  The image highlights the relationship between the Trinity on the one hand and the Church that Christ closely draws to Himself.

The Ephesians have become

  • one Body with the Jews
  • a people of the Promise
  • reconciled in the Peace that is Christ
  • members of God’s household (read "family"1   )

and this new status was made through the Blood of Christ.

Paul employs here the image of the Temple as he describes the Ephesians as "built upon the Apostles and the prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone … being built together in a dwelling place of God in the Spirit."  (Ephesians 2:20-22)  To be noted in this passage is the replacement of the expression "Law and the Prophets" with "Apostles and the Prophets".  Henceforth, the faith of this new family of God will be based on the prophetic word that is continued and fulfilled in the proclamation of the apostles.

Read an explanation of the Gospel reading here:  Servants Who Obey and Await their Lord
Ephesians 2:12-22
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12That you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the conversation of Israel, and strangers to the testament, having no hope of the promise, and without God in this world.
13But now in Christ Jesus, you, who some time were afar off, are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and breaking down the middle wall of partition, the enmities in his flesh:
15Making void the law of commandments contained in decrees; that he might make the two in himself into one new man, making peace;
16And might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross, killing the enmities in himself.
17And coming, he preached peace to you that were afar off, and peace to them that were nigh.
18For by him we have access both in one Spirit to the Father.
19Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners; but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and the domestics of God,
20Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone:
21In whom all the building, being framed together, groweth up into an holy temple in the Lord.
22In whom you also are built together into an habitation of God in the Spirit.
Psalm 85:9-10,13-14
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9I will hear what the Lord God will speak in me: for he will speak peace unto his people: And unto his saints: and unto them that are converted to the heart.
10Surely his salvation is near to them that fear him: that glory may dwell in our land.
13For the Lord will give goodness: and our earth shall yield her fruit.
14Justice shall walk before him: and shall set his steps in the way.
Luke 12:35-38
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35Let your loins be girt, and lamps burning in your hands.
36And you yourselves like to men who wait for their lord, when he shall return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open to him immediately.
37Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh, shall find watching. Amen I say to you, that he will gird himself, and make them sit down to meat, and passing will minister unto them.
38And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
Ephesians 2:12-22
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12That you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the conversation of Israel, and strangers to the testament, having no hope of the promise, and without God in this world.
13But now in Christ Jesus, you, who some time were afar off, are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and breaking down the middle wall of partition, the enmities in his flesh:
15Making void the law of commandments contained in decrees; that he might make the two in himself into one new man, making peace;
16And might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross, killing the enmities in himself.
17And coming, he preached peace to you that were afar off, and peace to them that were nigh.
18For by him we have access both in one Spirit to the Father.
19Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners; but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and the domestics of God,
20Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone:
21In whom all the building, being framed together, groweth up into an holy temple in the Lord.
22In whom you also are built together into an habitation of God in the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:20-22
View in: NAB NIV KJV NJB Vulg Greek
20Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone:
21In whom all the building, being framed together, groweth up into an holy temple in the Lord.
22In whom you also are built together into an habitation of God in the Spirit.

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  1. the Hebrew expression that is translated people of God — am Adonai — actually means "family of the Lord" []

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