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Oct 26 2009

Wall of Partition

Wall of Partition

For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances.

In Ephesians 2:14-16 it is often taught that the wall of partition referenced is the separation between the Jews and the Gentiles.  While it is true that there was a wall of partition in the temple in which the court of the Gentiles was separated from the Jews, Jesus did not come to reconcile Jews and Gentiles.  He came so that “He might make the two into one new man,” reconciling both Jew and Gentile to Himself.

  • For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. (Eph 2:14-16 NASB)
  • It is important to read Ephesians 2:14-16 very carefully in order to understand what Jesus is doing.  He is making the two into one new man thus reconciling them both to God through the cross as one new man.

 The wall that Jesus broke, the barrier of the dividing wall, was the Law of commandments.  He did this by abolishing in His flesh the enmity in the ordinance or commandments.  The law was never designed to save man.  The law never had that ability.  In fact, Romans 3:20 states “because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.”   The law also arouses sin “The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, (Rom 5:20 NASB)” and Romans 7:9 “I was once alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died.

The enmity is between God and man.  The law is God’s perfection.  Man cannot keep the law.  The quandary of man is that there is enmity between God and man because of the law.  Jesus broke down that barrier by keeping the law perfectly in the place of man who could not keep it.  As a result, God was able to reconcile man to Himself, both Jew and Gentile.  He put to death the enmity between man and Himself.

Jesus did not come and die to reconcile a group of people to each other.  He came and reconciled man, both Jew and Gentile, to Himself, making the two (Jew and Gentile) into one new man.

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