Our Spiritual Position – Reconciled with Christ (Eph. 2:10-22)
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Yesterday, we reflected on our spiritual position as believers and learned that we are seated with Christ. This means that as children of God, we are not citizens of this world; rather, we belong to heaven and are challenged to live everyday in light of this reality. Today, we look at what Paul teaches on our spiritual position as that of being reconciled with Jesus. Paul reminds the Ephesians that as Gentiles, they had five things that characterized their lives before the unfolding of the mystery of God's salvation to them. That they were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship of Israel, foreigners to God's covenant, without hope, and without God (Ephesians 2:12). This described their desperate situation that depicts a people who were living in complete darkness and rejection. It is paramount as believers to take time and reflect on what our lives were like before we met Jesus. Whereas many of us were living upright and fairly decent lives (though without God), others were trapped in vices like drug addiction, prostitution, witchcraft or conmanship and many others. Some of us may have been victims of gross immoral behaviour. Or some of us might have been delivered from some serious character flaws that set us up against everyone. As we think about our past, not with an intention to revive some form of guilt, we need to realize how lost we were. Some of us were wrecks beyond human repair. The intention of the writer in Ephesians 2:12 is to show how far the Gentiles were removed from God. This verse draws parallels to our former lives as non-believers and sends us into a deep mode of reflection to appreciate where we are at today, in light of where we were before the Lord rescued us.
In Ephesians 2:13, Paul introduces the contrast 'but' to underscore the difference Jesus made in the lives of the Gentiles when they accepted his offer of salvation. It means that at the cross where Jesus shed his atoning blood, the Gentiles were forgiven and the broken relationship that existed between them and God as described in Ephesians 2:12, is now bridged and corrected. To many of us who are Christians, we too are reconciled to God, our sins having been washed away by the precious blood of Jesus (cf. 1 Peter 1:19; 1 John 1:7). In order to be reconciled to other people with whom we might have had broken relationships, the starting point ought to be our personal reconciliation with God.
And so we see this reconciliation between the Gentiles and God leading to God reconciling them with the Jews as Paul says in Ephesians 2: 14 that God “... made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility...”. God brought the two together because he is the God of peace. This reconciliation is doubtless a consequence of their corrected relationship with God in the first instance. There are those of us who could be struggling with different forms of relationships - marital, parental, with siblings, workmates, business partners, friends, etc. Salvation in Jesus makes the difference as it enables us to see each other in light of God's righteousness and love. It prompts us to forgive and to embrace; to pursue peace and bury any hostility. When we do this, we then have spiritual breakthrough and moral authority to proclaim the gospel of Christ with boldness which is our mandate as part of the Gafcon family.
Therefore, as a believer, does your day-to-day life conform to your unique positioning as someone reconciled with God? Do you live a life of righteousness or are you still given to sinful living? Are you holding any grudge against anyone who has hurt you or who you fell out with? What steps would you take today to seek peace with those you are in conflict with?
Minister: Rev. Evans Omollo - Assistant Provost at All Saints' Cathedral, Nairobi.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we thank you for your work of reconciliation that healed our relationships with you and positioned us as God's loved children. May you give us the grace and humility to reconcile with those we are in conflict with so that our lives may be a witness to everyone around us, in Jesus name. Amen.
Pray with us today's prayer request:
Hebrews 3:13 'But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.'
In Recife Diocese in the Anglican Church in Brazil they have been told they are to stop meeting in person again for a period. Pray that the believers would continue to find ways of exhorting and encouraging one another within the restrictions.
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