In the Letter to the Ephesians, Paul is explaining that the Jews and Gentiles, once separated, were reconciled.
Ephesians 2:14-15 NRSV “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace.”
Now the Message Bible version goes like this: "(Christ) tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance… Then he started over. Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody."
Paul is talking about reconciling while bringing down barriers.
It seems we need to go back and not just review the history of our spiritual ancestors, but write this on our hearts. It seems we are in a day where people say they want peace, no more wars, and safe places to live. If that were so, then we should be living that out in our daily lives. Instead, we put up walls everywhere we can find a place for them… and then some. If we would not be so divisive, maybe we would stop putting people into boxes, remove the plugs from our ears and bring down the walls that divide us. When we cause more rifts and hostility, it seems we are working against what we want. Don't we want what Jesus wants for us?
If we can’t see it or feel it and it recedes from our imaginations, where do we find it? We need to keep going back to Jesus teachings and Paul's words here, and write it on our hearts.
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