My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Ephesians 2

Pete is excited about apostolic authority

Summary:
We were dead in our sin, like everyone else. We've all been that. But then by grace God made us alive through Jesus. We have places in heaven, by grace alone, not by works. Gentiles used to have no hope, but now you've been brought close to God.

In his death Jesus turns us both - Jews and Palestinians - into one people. There are no more barriers. We are fellow citizens, built on the apostles and prophets, but most of all on Jesus. By him we are become the home of God's Spirit.

Key verses:
19-20. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

My thoughts:
My reference to Palestinians is, of course, obnoxious because they didn't exist at this time and certainly not in Ephesus. But yea... the point's the same. Peace between those who are divided.

Check this out! The Apostles are being put up there with the Prophets! By Prophets Paul is, of course, referring to the writings of the Old Testament Prophets. For the Apostles to be considered an equal foundation certainly implies that their writing are scripture along with the Prophets! This gets me excited because the New Testament doesn't really talk about itself much, and it's not directly doing so here, but it definitely helps form an argument!

Ephesians is quite an excited letter from Paul, from my first glance.

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