What Happened On The Cross -No More Separation!
Ephesians 2:14-18 “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit”.
1. There was a Wall between the Jews and Gentiles.
In the temple in Jerusalem there were two courts:
- Inner court which was only for the Jews;
- Outer court which the Gentiles can enter.
Ephesians 2:11-13 “Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
- Separate from Christ;
- Excluded from citizenship in Israel;
- Foreigners to the covenants of the promise;
- Without hope, and
- Without God!
2. There was a wall between God and man:
This was represented in the veil within the inner part of the Temple.
There was a curtain set up that separated the “holy place” from the “holy of holies”.
Mark 15:37-38 “With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. 38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.”
Ephesians 2:18 “For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.”
Here is the problem:
- We like to create a wall of separation between us and God.
- The Israelites did it in at Mount Sinai.
Exodus 20:18-21 “When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”
20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”
21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.
What type of walls do we put up to protect ourselves from God?
- Follow from a distance
- Choose the path of ignorance (I didn’t know)
- Rely on the pastor to tell you what God’s heart and will is.
- Don’t open the door to his calling
1 John 5:14-15 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
What do walls do:
In God’s Kingdom not one of these is desirable:
- We can trust God we don’t need to follow from a distance
- He has our best interest in mind
- He has a plan that will be the best
- His plan will lead us to be the best person we can be
- His plan will take us to a place where we help others the most
- Hid plan leads to love
- His plan brings healing
List of Phobias:
- Aerophobia – Fear of flying
- Agoraphobia – Fear of going outside
- Clautophobia – Fear of elevators
- Didaskaleinophobia – Fear of going to school
- Gerontophobia – Fear of getting old
- Glossophobia – Fear of public speaking
- Ouranophobia – Fear of heaven
FEAR PREVENTS US FROM FUNCTIONING IN A HEALTHY MANNER