Daily Bible Verses for 5/9/2017
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.
Despite the fact that the Jewish people had access to God, and that they had the covenants of God made with their forefathers, which were passed down to them directly from Moses. They missed what these things were pointing to, they could not see whom the scriptures spoke about and whose coming they spoke of, even though they had the scripture, which foretold of the coming Messiah. Even though they had Moses who told them of the Messiah to come, they still missed it. The Jewish culture at the time of Christ, were only concerned in the Davidic promises of a never ending kingdom. Therefore, they were concerned only about a restoration of the kingdom of David and Solomon. In other words, they missed Jesus because they chose to ignore the prophecies of the suffering servant. The scriptures of the “Lamb of God,” who would take away the sins of the world. Instead, there were looking for a warrior king like David, to restore the splendor of the Jewish kingdom. They had mistakenly chose national pride over the scriptures and God. And as a result, the Jewish people, the Gentiles as well as all nations of the earth, need to be reconciled back to a Holy God, through the blood of Christ.
Therefore, Paul tells us here in these passages that both Jews and Gentiles have been made one together in Christ Jesus our Lord. That all tribes, tongues and nations are brought together under the lordship of Jesus. Together we form the church of God, comprised of the children of God through our faith in Christ. Having both access to God through Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, who will guide us as we walk with Christ. Moreover, all of us through faith, become joint-heirs in the kingdom of God, where we will rule and reign with Christ. Jesus abolished the Mosaic law and its commandments, because He not only fulfilled the requirements of the law, but He also wrote the law of God on our hearts. Jesus removed from us the condemnation of the law, by taking upon Himself the punishment of the law. Jesus wrote the law of God on our hearts with the perfect “Law of Liberty” and the “Royal Law of Love,” both of which James the brother of Jesus speaks about in his letter to Jewish believers. So what does this mean for us? It means because of what Jesus did for us, we have become a new creation in Him. Our old self was crucified with Him at the Cross of Calvary, and we have been resurrected with Him to a new life. Through Him and His power working in us, we are a new creation in Christ, to the glory of God the Father.