6. Ephesians 2:13-16 Christ has broken down The Middle Wall VI.
December 14, 2017
1. OBSERVATION-What does the text say? What do you see?
2. INTERPRETATION-Which answers the question, what does it mean? And thirdly;
3. APPLICATION-My friends this is the MOST important part.
1. Who wrote the text?
2. When was it written and to whom (or who)?
3. Who are the people in that particular chapter or book?
4. Where is this taking place and where are the people in this narrative?
5. When did these events occur in relation to where the characters are?
6. What happened to the people in the text?
7. How were the characters affected? For good or evil?
8. How does this or that fit?
9. How long did this take place and will it ever happen again? Ect.
You’re allowed to interview the text because it is The Living Word of God, isn’t it? Ask the text questions, as if you were Gumbel, Oprah or even this guy…
Ephesians 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”
Who wrote the text?
Most Believers are familiar with The Apostle Paul. He wrote at least 13, possibly 14 epistles in The New Testament (Hebrews).
The Book of Ephesians is number five. Paul, while imprisoned in Rome wrote what known by most scholars as The Prison Epistles, toward the end of The Book of Acts (Chronological Study Bible). It would be difficult to piece together which came first, however they all were circulatory letters. Therefore, either every church The Apostle planted, or had a hand in planting ordered their lives as Christians based on the same New Covenant material. We all know what happened to him on The Road to Damascus. This would be the turning point of the rest of his life (Acts 9:1-22). The following verses give us more insight into who this man was and what he had become:
Romans 11: 1 “I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.”
Philippians 3:4 “though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; 6 concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.”
This information answers the question as best it can, who wrote The Epistle to The Ephesians? Next up, question two…when was it written and to whom (or who)? To be continued…