Sunday, January 19, 2014

Ephesians 2:14-19

"For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;"
Ephesians 2:14-19

I like the idea that Christ is our peace.  And here it seems like he is external peace, between people, as well as internal peace, between spirit and body.  He made himself whole internally, and made it possible for us to do the same, but he also breaks down the walls between people, and brings us together as fellowcitizens.  Instead of being strangers, we are family... of the household of God.  Thus, whether we are seeking inner peace or world peace, we have the same source to look to.  And really, in building a Zion society, we need both.  We have to have to be at peace with ourselves in order to be consistent and kind to other people.  And we need to see other people as family and as part of the same group in order to avoid discrimination and bias in building a community where everyone is taken care of.  Today, let's work towards internal and external peace through Jesus Christ, following his example of love to others, and finding wholeness through taking his advice.

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