Christ put hostility to death (Eph. 2:16)

“Christ reconciled

Both groups

To God

In one body

Through the cross.


He put

That hostility

To death

Through the cross.”

καὶ ἀποκαταλλάξῃ τοὺς ἀμφοτέρους ἐν ἑνὶ σώματι τῷ Θεῷ διὰ τοῦ σταυροῦ, ἀποκτείνας τὴν ἔχθραν ἐν αὐτῷ·

Paul said, “Christ reconciled (καὶ ἀποκαταλλάξῃ) both groups (τοὺς ἀμφοτέρους) to God (τῷ Θεῷ) in one body (ἐν ἑνὶ σώματι) through the cross (διὰ τοῦ σταυροῦ).  Thus, he put to death (ἀποκτείνας) their hostility (τὴν ἔχθραν) through the cross (ἐν αὐτῷ).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἀποκαταλλάξῃ, that means to reconcile completely or change from one state of feeling to another.  Paul explained that Christ reconciled both the Jews and the gentiles into one body through his cross.  They were all now united to God, since Jesus Christ with his death and resurrection on the cross had put an end to the hostility between the Jewish and the Greek people.  Jesus Christ brought peace and reconciliation to all.  Do you try to reconcile people in your life?

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