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5. United by Christ (Ephesians 2:11-22)

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Ephesians (part five)

Ephesians 2:1-10 emphasizes vertical reconciliation between God and people; Ephesians 2:11-22 emphasizes horizontal reconciliation among people. Because of the blood of Christ shed on the cross, deprived and undeserving sinners are joined together in unity. The peace that Jesus establishes between formerly alienated souls allows us to live in harmony and satisfies our deep desire to belong to a group—even a group that might have little else in common. Our primary identity is redefined in Christ, and together we experience hope and ready access to God. This new breed of humanity—the Church—continues to grow and mature as the holy habitation of God’s Spirit.

Related Topics: Ecclesiology (The Church), Fellowship