A Note from our Pastor:
“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;”Ephesians 2:15
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
The Apostle continues in verse fifteen with the message of establishing that the separation between the Jew and gentile people has been abolished by the work of Jesus Christ.
This message is of great significance for the Apostle Paul as God has appointed him to be the Apostle to the Gentiles. Thus, the heart of his ministry is the conversion of gentiles to following Christ and a reconciling of Jews and gentiles within the New Testament church.
As the Apostle writes this verse, it is clear the theme of reconciliation is his primary focus.
“to make himself of twain one new man…”
The word twain is a perfect example of a word that was commonly used when the King James Translation (KJV) of the Bible was done in 1611, but has since gone out of use. That does not mean the KJV Bible is of any less quality, it just reminds us that when we come upon a word we are not familiar with we need to do the appropriate research. In this case, the word twain simply means two.
The Apostle says the work that Jesus Christ did upon the cross, in terms of this reconciliation, made two peoples (Jew and gentile) one new man. Who is that new man? It is the spiritually alive, elect of God, disciple of Jesus Christ. In that form, there is not Jew or gentile, there is not black or white, there is not rich or poor, there is not young or old, there is not man or woman — there is simply an elect child of God following Jesus Christ.
Finally, let me make this point, while the scriptures are clear that there are differing roles for different people in the church — there are ministers and deacons with different roles, men and women have different roles, the young and old have different roles — when it comes to the promises of God and the knowledge of Jesus Christ there is no separation. There is no concept that a minister automatically knows more than a deacon, that a man knows more than a woman, or that an elderly person knows more than a young teenager. God is not a respecter of persons when it comes to salvation and the knowledge of salvation.
Unity in Christ and in his church is the point the Apostle is making in this verse.
Our Prayers are with you daily,