Ephesians Sentence by Sentence: 2:17-18

καὶ ἐλθὼν εὐηγγελίσατο εἰρήνην ὑμῖν τοῖς μακρὰν καἰ εἰρήνην τοῖς ἐγγύς· ὅτι δι᾽αὐτοῦ ἔχομεν τὴν προσαγωγὴν οἱ ἀμφότεροι ἐν ἑνὶ πνεύματι πρὸς τὸν πατέρα. And who came preaching peace to you the ones far away and peace to the ones near, for through him we have access both in one spirit to the Father.

Paul continues his explanation of the importance of Christ in these two verses. Christ came preaching or proclaiming peace to the ones who were far away and peace to the ones who were near. This statement is odd, for Christ did not come to the Gentiles, i.e., the uncircumcised, but rather he came to the Jews who are the circumcised. How can Paul make such a statement? Even in the Gospels we do find Gentiles being presented with the good news by Jesus, although his main focus was towards the Jews. Yet, after his ascension it was made clear in the book of Acts that the Gentiles were also part of God’s plan. So, either, Paul’s statement fits perfectly well and there is no problem. Christ came to preach to both. Christ came to preach to both because it is through him that we have access to the Father. Both the ones who are far away and those who are near have access in one unified spirit.

And who came preaching peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near, for both have access to the Father through him in one spirit.

Because of Christ we have access to the Father. Christ came to preach peace to all people; it is through him that we have peace, because through him we are brought into a unified spirit within which we have access to God.

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