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Love Story 2 – Ephesians 2:15-22

Jul 12, 2020

God’s love story includes unity

Humanity has organic and spiritual unity. God’s love includes redemption for all who believe.

“From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.” – Acts 17:26

God is the source of every human life. Despite any differences we are of one “shaped-by-God” human race. We share an organic unity from “one blood”. God is most powerful and in control of the nations.

Genesis 1:27; 5:1-2  Romans 5:12-14  Deuteronomy 32:8  Job 12:23  Daniel 2:21; 4:17, 34-35

“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.” – Titus 3:4-7

God’s loving purpose of redemption gives all of humanity an opportunity for spiritual unity.

John 3:16-17  Romans 1:16-17

“He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.

He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.

A Temple for the Lord

So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.” – Ephesians 2:15-22

Every generation must turn away from their own mistakes. Receive the love of Jesus. Share the love of Jesus. Pressing out insecurity and prejudice.

“Reconciliation is everyone’s responsibility just like prejudice is everyone’s problem.” – Rev Dr David D Ireland

We can be part of the solution, as the Church.

God loves people. God gives people value. We are in this together. People are God’s masterpiece.

Humanity has organic and spiritual unity. God’s love includes redemption for all who believe.

What should we do?

  1. Read Ephesians 2:15-22
  2. In prayer, ask God to help you see His love story.
  3. In quiet time, write one thing that you are seeing about God’s love story.
  4. Write one thing you see about someone else’s value.