Ephesians 2:17-22

In Ephesians 2:17-22 Paul continues to preach to those far off (Gentiles) and those near (Jews). Paul makes clear that the Gospel is for all people everywhere. “And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.” One Gospel for all mankind. Everyone enjoys the same access to God, access that comes by one Spirit to the Father. Not only are Jews and Gentiles saved by the same gospel, but they also have the same essential walk with God and access to Him. One group does not have a greater access than the other does.

Foulkes explains “Access is probably the best translation of prosagoge, though it could be ‘introduction.’ In oriental courts there was a prosagoges who brought a person into the presence of the king.” There is only one way to gain access to God, and that is through Jesus which then allows the Spirit to come in and take up residence in our life. “For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.” Clarke explains “This text is a plain proof of the holy Trinity. Jews and Gentiles are to be presented unto God the Father; the Spirit of God works in their hearts, and prepares them for this presentation; and Jesus Christ himself introduces them.”

Paul directly addresses those who were Gentiles here. They are not second class citizens in the Kingdom of God. “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.” As Christ followers, every person is a full and equal member of God’s family. There is no distinction based on anything beyond Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Because we are one body and have the same access to God, we also are all built on a common foundation. That foundation is the original apostles and prophets, and their revelation recorded in the New Testament. No one can ever lay any other foundation. Jesus alone is the cornerstone of the building built by the Great Architect. That building is the Church – the living place of God and His people.. “In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” Adam Clarke explained how God’s work in the Church gave glory to the wisdom, power, and love of God. See all this, we should praise God for His glorious Church.

  • There is nothing as noble as the Church, seeing that it is the temple of God.
  • There is nothing so worthy of reverence, seeing God who dwells in it.
  • There is nothing so ancient, since the patriarchs and prophets worked to building it.
  • There is nothing so solid, since Jesus Christ is the foundation of it.
  • There is nothing so high, since it reaches as high as to the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
  • There is nothing so perfect and well proportioned, since the Holy Spirit is the architect.
  • There is nothing more beautiful, because it is adorned with building stones of every age, every place, every people; from the highest kings to the lowest peasants; with the most brilliant scientists and the simplest believers.
  • There is nothing more spacious, since it is spread over the whole earth, and takes in all who have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
  • There is nothing so Divine, since it is a living building, animated and inhabited by the Holy Spirit.

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