The Temple of God Ephesians 2:14 – 3:6 4/20/2016

Eph 2.2 – The Temple of God

Date: 4/20/2016

Review of Last Week’s Discussion Points

The Way We Were à  Who We are In Christ  Eph 2:1-13

  1. Men without Christ are spiritually dead and hopelessly lost.
  2. God makes us spiritually Alive, by an act of unmerited favor brings us to repentance, and gives us the faith to believe In Christ and receive Salvation through Christ.
  3. God has a plan and a purpose for us and works he has prepared in advance for us to dofor us to do.
  4. We who were once alienated from God have been brought near by the blood of Christ

Introduction:

How is the New Testament Temple different from the Old Testament Temple?

Leading Question/s:

What is God’s rebuilding Project?  Who is the Chief Architect and Cornerstone of this Project?

Who lays the foundation?  Where do We Fit In?

We will explore these questions and more this week.

Background:

Preparation Questions:

Who built the Old Testament Temple in Jerusalem? 1 Chronicles 22:6-10

How long did it take? 1 Kings 6:37, 9:10

Who Provided the Materials? 1 Chronicles 22:2-4

God’s Word – Today’s reading – Ephesians 2:14-3:6

The New Temple of God

Ephesians 2:14-3:6

2:14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

3:1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus

Questions: The Answers can be found in the Biblical Text above

Vs 2:14-18  Who are the two groups Paul is speaking about in vs 14 & 15 (look back to the previous verses)?

What is the dividing wall of hostility and the barrier that has been destroyed (look at the companion vs at the bottom of the page and the picture of Herod’s temple)?

In what way did Jesus set aside the Law with its commands and regulations? See Mt 5:17-18

What does vs 15-16 say was Jesus’ purpose? How did He accomplish this?

Vs 18 Through the work of Christ what do both the Jews and Gentiles now have?

Vs 19 what 3 things have changed in the gentiles relationship with God and His people?

Vs 20 How was God’s household built? Who is the cornerstone?  What is it called? Who else is included see 1 Peter 2:4-10

Vs 3:1 For whose sake did Paul become a prisoner?

3:2 How did Paul come by the knowledge of God’s grace to the Gentiles?

3:5 How was this mystery made known to the Apostles? See also what Peter says 2 Peter 1:19-21

3:6 what is the mystery Paul has been speaking about, that was not known in previous generations but has now been revealed?

Principles / Eternal Truth’s:

1.  Through Jesus Christ the law has been fulfilled.  Walls that separated man from God and men from each other  have been abolished.

2.  Through faith in the saving work of Jesus work on the cross all believers have access to Our Heavenly Father restored and are given One Spirit.

3. God’s household is a Holy Temple which is built on the foundation of the Apostle’s and Prophets with Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone.

4.  The truth about God’s love and His plans for Jew and Gentile alike is a mystery that has now been revealed through the working of the Holy Spirit and the teachings of Jesus and His Apostles.  The Mystery is that the church  of Jesus Christ is comprised of bot Jew and Gentile.

 

 

Application – Our proper response, Behavior, Attitude based on this Eternal Truth:

Fill in your plan on how you might apply what you have learned.

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