Ephesians Sentence by Sentence: 2:14-16

Αὐτὸς γάρ ἐστιν ἡ εἰρήνη ἡμῶν ὁ ποιήσας τὰ ἀμφότερα ἓν καὶ τὸ μεσότοιχον τοῦ φραγμοῦ λύσας τὴν ἔχθραν ἐν τῇ σαρκὶ αὐτοῦ τὸν νόμον τῶν ἐντολῶν ἐν δόγμασιν καταργήσας ἵνα τοὺς δύο κτίσῃ ἐν αὐτῷ εἰς ἕνα καινὸν ἄνθρωπον ποιῶν εἰρήνην καὶ ἀποκαταλλάξῃ τοὺς ἀμφοτἐρους ἐν ἑνὶ σώματι τῷ θεῷ διὰ τοῦ σταυροῦ ἀποκτείνας τὴν ἔχθραν ἐν αὐτῷ. For he is our peace, the one working both one and destroying the dividing wall of the partition, the enmity in his flesh, invalidating the law of the commandments in ordinances, so that the two might create in him for one new person making peace and reconcile both in one body in God through the cross, destroying the enmity in him.

Paul explains the importance of Christ in these verses here in relation to grace. He already mentioned that Christ is the one who brings unbelievers near to God, to himself, and to God’s chosen people. Now he explains even more about the significance of Christ.

Christ is the peace for Paul and the readers. He is peace because he is the one who makes both the circumcised and the uncircumcised one, and destroys the dividing wall, which is a fence or partition, between the two. Christ unites them into one group. Furthermore, Christ invalidates the enmity found in the law of the commandments, consisting in ordinances. This invalidation he did in his flesh. Why did he do all of this? For the purpose that he might create in himself the two into one, and this for the result that he would make peace. Furthermore, he did it for the purpose that he would also reconcile both in the one body in God, which was done through the cross, with the result that he destroyed the enmity in himself.

For he is our peace, he made both one and he destroyed the dividing wall which is the fence, he abolished the enmity in his flesh, the law of the commandments consisting in ordinances, in order that he might create in himself the two into one new person with the result of making peace and he might reconcile both in one body in God through the cross with the result of destroying the enmity in himself.

Christ is our peace because he made peace by destroying the partition, the dividing wall, between the uncircumcised and the circumcised. In himself he has joined the two together, and this through the cross. He has abolished the enmity brought about by the law of commandments, which are ordinances. The point of the matter is that Christ succeeded. He destroyed the enmity and he created peace. We are the result of Christ’s work, and for that reason we have peace, because we have Christ.

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