Peace to the World

For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:14-21

When Jesus came preaching peace, it was not for one group over another.  He did not come to bring peace to Israel while neglecting the gentile world; similarly, he did not preach peace to the Greeks while abandoning the Jew.  The peace of God that comes from Jesus Christ is for the whole world, for all to experience.  Paul says Jesus broke down “in his flesh the dividing wall” between Jew and Gentile.  The division that stood between us (and therefore, between us and God) is gone, destroyed by the Son of God.  It is because of this that we have peace with all, especially the children of God.


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