28 Mar Together
Let’s being by reading Ephesians 2v11-18
11 Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called “uncircumcised heathens” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts.
12 In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope.
13 But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.
14 For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He 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.
15 He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups.
16 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.
17 He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near.
18 Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.
Jesus did everything that needs to be done to bring us into reconciliation with God. We don’t need to worry about failing or falling short. We don’t have to wonder about how much He actually loves us — or if He loves someone else more because that person seems to be a “better Christian” than we are.
Jesus made all of us the actual, literal, there-is-no-other family of God (EPH. 2:11-13). There is nothing more secure than our position in His heart.
God is the perfect Father, and we are His kids! The distance has been removed (v. 13), and we can come to Him without fear.
Pray and Declare
- I walk in God’s promises because of what Jesus did for me (EPH. 2:14-16).
- I have been brought near to God through the blood of Jesus (EPH. 2:13).
- He Himself is my peace and He has destroyed any division between us (EPH. 2:14).
- I am called to preach God’s peace to everyone — those who are far away from Him and those who are near to Him (EPH. 2:17).
- We all have access to the Father by one Spirit (EPH. 2:18).
NEXT CAMPING TRIP
FIRST WEEKEND IN JUNE