Then and Now - Gospel Transformation and the Creation of
October 8, 2017 Speaker: Jonathan Phillips
Pastor Jonathan brings a message this week from Ephesians 2:11-22 entitled "Then and Now - Gospel Transformation and the Creation of 'One New Man.'" [powerpress] Ephesians 2:11-22 (ESV)
Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
The gospel brings radical transformation.
- Before the gospel, our status was based on our flesh.
- We were outside of God’s promises.
- We were without hope and without God.
- In the gospel, our status is based on Christ’s work.
- Gospel transformation is both radical and reconciling.
- Christ creates one new man.
- We have equal access to God.
- We are God’s household.
- What are some of the things that divide people today?
- What does it mean to be without hope?
- What does it mean that our status is based on Christ's work?
- What would be different if you thought of other Christians like your family?