Thursday, 14 June 2012

Who is the 'one new man' of Ephesians 2.15? Part1


Ephesians 2:

Who is the ‘one new man’ in Ephesians 2.15?

The assumptions of the past 2000 years suggest that we might not have identified Paul’s ‘one new man’ correctly…

Paul refers to ‘you’, ‘we’, ‘us’, ‘our’, ‘both’, and ‘the two in Ephesians 2. 

The question is to whom is Paul referring in each reference?

Is Paul referring to?:
1.  Gentiles  or  2. Jews and Gentiles  or 3. Jews

In the following exercise insert on the dotted lines Gentiles or Jews and Gentiles or Jews.  Your answers will indicate the real identity of Paul’s ‘one new man’!

Ephesians 2.1 And you ................He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,
       
2    in which you………………… once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

3    among whom also we ………………………..all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our ……………………….flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

4    But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us …………………….,

5    even when we ……………… …were dead in trespasses, made us……………………. ………alive together with Christ (by grace you ………………. have been saved),

6  and raised us ………………………. up together, and made us ……………………….. sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

7  that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us ……………………………… in Christ Jesus.

8 For by grace you ………………………. have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

9    not of works, lest anyone should boast.

10  For we …………………… are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we ……………… should walk in them.

11  Therefore remember that you ………..., once Gentiles in the flesh——who are called  Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands—

12  that at that time you ………………. were without  Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

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, (which was brought about by the fence of additional commandments contained in Rabbinical 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.

17  And He came and preached peace to you ……………………... who were afar off and to those ………………... who were near.

18  For through Him we ……………………. both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

19  Now, therefore, you …………….. are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the ……………. saints and members of the ……………………. household of God,

20  having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,

21  in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a Holy Temple in the LORD,

22 in Whom you…………………….. also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

I will post my answers in the next blog…on Sunday.

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