What does an African, Asian, Hispanic and Caucasian have in common?
Oneness in Christ. Eph. 2:14,15
He, Christ united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us…. creating in himself one new people from the two groups.
Paul understood the work of God in Christ was complete, the wall of hostility that separated people was torn down and God has created one new people. Paul wrote to the Ephesians because the challenges of being one Church living in unity was difficult. People find it much easier to separate one from for any number of reasons, i.e. religious upbringing, ethnicity, heart language, social status, educational level. The Ephesians were seeing that it was much easier to live with and worship with people who were alike. Paul had become aware that some were encouraging people in the Church to divide one from another, to divide the church because of these differences. So Paul writes to emphasize what Christ did, “he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us” and we are live in unity.
Today it is common for people to separate one from another, to divide the Church because of our differences. More recently this division has been encouraged with claims that division is beneficial for the Gospel, beneficial for the Church to grow and be healthy. The Apostle Paul disavowed this belief and now God is using Paul’s letter to challenge us, to exhorts us as a Church to live in unity.
Eph. 4:1 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.
Paul’s call for us today is to “live a life worthy of our calling”. God has broken down the the barrier, the wall of separation is torn down. As one writer1 has stated, for us to not to live in unity is to disfigure the work which God had completed and is to declare that His sacrificial death by which our relationship with God and with others are restored are of no real consequence to us.
(1 Peter O’Brien PNTC, The Letter to the Ephesians)
Make every effort to live a life worthy of your calling.