Dive Deeper | Week Two Wrap-Up
This week we used Strong’s Concordance to define:
Tresspass – (Paraptoma) 1 to fall beside or near something; 2 a lapse or deviation from truth and uprightness [root word: parapipto]
Sin – (Hamartia) to be without a share in; to miss the mark; to err; to miss or wander from the law of God; 2 to violate the divine law in thought or act [root word: Hamartano]
Reconcile – (Apokatallasso) bring back to a former state of harmony
We used Bible commentary to answer:
- Who is Paul writing to in Ephesians 2:11-13? Gentiles
- What is his core message? Christ has come to reconcile you to Himself; Salvation is available to everyone
- Why is there a distinction between these two group of people? Gentiles were uncircumcised and the Jews were circumcised; Gentiles were not allowed inside the inner courts of the temple; Jewish nation was set apart by God from other nations
- Does God provide a way to connect these two groups? Yes How? Through Jesus’ sacrificial death on the Cross.
We continued the habit of reading the entire chapter several times each day to understand the overall context of the passage.
Paul reminds us what it was like before we were saved – we were spiritually dead, separated from God because of our trespasses and sin.
We see how we are changed and made alive in Christ through His blood. Salvation comes through grace – a gift of God – and not through anything we can do ourselves. God created us for a good work which He purposed for us before we were born.
Paul addresses the Gentiles (and us!) when he shows how Christ reconciles us to Himself, and how He unified all people – both Jews and Gentiles – to have access to Him through Christ’s sacrifice.
After you watch the video, share with us your WOW (Word of Wisdom) moment from our study this week – something you read that left a Wow! impression.
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