Christ has broken down the wall (Eph. 2:14)

“Christ is our peace.

In his body,

He has made

Both groups

Into one.

He has broken down

The dividing wall

Of the hostile fence.”

Αὐτὸς γάρ ἐστιν ἡ εἰρήνη ἡμῶν, ὁ ποιήσας τὰ ἀμφότερα ἓν καὶ τὸ μεσότοιχον τοῦ φραγμοῦ λύσας, τὴν ἔχθραν, ἐν τῇ σαρκὶ αὐτοῦ

Paul said, “Christ (Αὐτὸς γάρ) is our peace (ἐστιν ἡ εἰρήνη ἡμῶν).  In his body (ἐν τῇ σαρκὶ αὐτοῦ), he has made both groups into one (ὁ ποιήσας τὰ ἀμφότερα ἓν).  He has broken down (λύσας) the dividing wall (μεσότοιχον) of the hostile (τὴν ἔχθραν) fence (τοῦ φραγμοῦ).”  Only this Ephesian letter uniquely used this word μεσότοιχον, that means a middle wall, partition wall, or barrier.  Paul explained that Christ has brought peace, a spirit of reconciliation between the two divided groups of Jews and gentiles.  Paul said that the two groups had now become one.  This may have been an aspiration rather than a reality.  Christ had broken down the dividing wall, perhaps an allusion to the Jerusalem Temple with the division between the outer and inner court.  Some signs in the Temple indicated that gentile intruders would face the death penalty.  Christ had now broken down this partition or dividing wall of hostility.  The fences or the walls were torn down, since all were one in Christ.  It was easier said than done.  Have you built a wall around yourself?

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