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SALVATION IN EPHESIANS

#15 INCLUSION IN THE PEOPLE OF GOD

In his letter to the Christians at Ephesus Paul makes it very clear that all who believe in Jesus Christ are the people of God. He repeatedly emphasizes that the Jew - Gentile distinction has been eradicated by Jesus Christ.

In Ephesians 2:12-19 he describes the pre-conversion status of the Gentiles:

And in 2:13-22 he describes our status after our conversion to Christ:

 The barrier and the hostility between Jew and Gentile has been eradicated in and through Jesus Christ [Ephesians 2:14-22]:

Similarly, in 3:1-13, Paul teaches that through the gospel the Gentiles are

This unity of Jew and Gentile in Christ, this new people of God known as the church, this body, the holy building in which God dwells by his Spirit, is, Paul teaches, the mystery of God that he had planned from eternity and has now made known in and through Jesus Christ [Ephesians 1:9-10; 3:1-6; 3:8-11]. The church is not an afterthought, nor is it a Plan B implemented because the Jews failed to recognize their Messiah. Rather, Paul teaches, the church was always in God's plan, the mystery hidden in the prophetic writings and now revealed in Christ, God's eternal purpose accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Through this new people of God, the church, God manifests the greatness of his wisdom [3:10].

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