Today’s Reading

Ephesians 2:11-21

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

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;

And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

Prejudice Condemned

Racism and prejudice are despicable. Nobody who truly understands and follows Biblical teaching will engage in prejudice of any kind. This passage shows us why. Paul explained to this church, made up of mostly Gentiles, that, at one time, they were outside of God. They were Gentiles and not part of God’s promise. Jesus Christ came and abolished what divided the Jew and the Gentile. He made it possible for all people to become part of the body of Christ. There are no longer foreigners or aliens. The power of the gospel goes beyond race or nationality and makes believers of all races and nationalities one in Christ. We are all members of one body. We should not need black churches, white churches, Hispanic churches and Oriental churches. Our churches ought to be an example to the world that the gospel of Jesus Christ breaks the walls that divide us and we are all one in Him. Does your life demonstrate you believe this? Is your church an example of this to your community? Jesus Christ broke down the walls that divided the races. Look at your friends and evaluate your life.

Today’s Questions

Say What?

Observation: What do I see?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean?

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do?