A Community of Grace · Clinton, SC

The Peace-Making Christ

Ephesians 2:14-16

The apostle Paul reminds us that Christ didn’t just bring peace – HE IS OUR PEACE and he has made us one by tearing down the wall of hostility that existed between Jew and Gentile. That he is our peace should be no surprise since this is the testimony regarding the Messiah in all of Scripture. That he can make Jew and Gentile one is a testimony to the power of his work on the cross. His shed blood didn’t only secure personal redemption, it secured corporate redemption and peace. How Christ did this was through works of Abolition, Creation and Reconciliation. He abolished the ceremonial law, thus removing a barrier to the Gentiles. He created one new man, a “third race” which is to be unlike any other race, and he reconciled us to God. This last point is crucial as it reminds us that any genuine and lasting peace is achieved only through the ministry of the gospel. In response to these truths, we must seek to get the gospel out personally as we go through our days, seeking to build relationships with all sorts of men and women in need of Christ. We also need to see that the gospel goes forth in power through supporting our missionaries, and we need to seek to live at peace with all men – which requires peace-making (not just peace-keeping).