- Ephesians 2:8-10 Saving Grace (Anders)
Philip Yancey points out the contrast between the life of Jesus and the modern church. People like the prostitute in this story flocked to Jesus, but they avoid the church like the plague. Somehow in the course of 2,000 years, we have managed to turn that upside down.
- Ephesians 2:11-22 Breaking Down the Dividing Wall (Anders)
Don Harbuck said, "The wall is everywhere. All of us know about it. No age or age group has gone unshaped by its pernicious power. Its menacing power moves the length and breadth of human existence. What wall is it? Paul calls it the dividing wall of hostility. It is the wall that separates and fragments and isolates.
- Ephesians 2:11-22 Halted Hostilites (Donovan)
Just a year after we returned to the States, we watched as people tore the Berlin Wall to shreds. The East German government was kaput. If I had ever doubted the story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho — where the walls came a-tumblin’ down — well, I doubted it no longer.
- Ephesians 2:17-22 The Household of God (Entrekin)
The early church wasn't perfect, but when they had a pot luck supper, they knew to invite everybody. They respected one another, they took care of strangers, the poor and the refugees, and they kept coming together. People noticed, even their enemies. Emperor Julian said, "Christians support not only their own but ours as well."