Text: Ephesians 2:14-18
Paul uses the illustration of an olive tree and a wild olive tree to describe the grafting process by which the Lord Jesus Christ incorporated Gentiles into his plan of salvation and glorious inheritance in Romans 11:17-25.
Wild condition of Gentiles (vs 12)
- Paul tells the Ephesians, and by extension all Gentiles who are now in Christ, that they were:
- Without Christ
- Illegal aliens
- Commonwealth is a description of a representative republic form of government; it is a compound word from common and wealth.
- No promises
Bring all into one Root (vss 13-18)
- Paul is explaining to Gentiles how God is bringing Gentiles into the household of God through Jesus Christ.
- By the blood of Jesus Christ
- Jesus Christ is the root (Revelation 22:16, Romans 15:12, Isaiah 11:10)
- Jesus Christ blood is the New Testament
- Unity in the body of Christ is the theme of Ephesians and Paul will explains this unity
- Bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3)
- One new man
- One body (Ephesians 4:4)
- One Spirit (Ephesians 4:4)
Gentiles become part of the household of God
- Now, this is what the Jews objected to and God would use to make the Jews jealous.
- household of God is a consecrated building
- In the old testament, the temple was set apart as the habitation of God
- Jesus Christ was the same God who had instructed Moses in the building of the tabernacle. He had given specific direction because the tabernacle, then the temple, would picture Himself. It would all point to Him.
- 15 chapters speak of the building of the tabernacle. And an entire book to the ministry of it.
- It was laid out to show the work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Then only priests could enter into the Holy Place where communion with God would begin to take place.
- household of God is Christ’s body
- Colossians 2:9 Just as the temple was an illustration and meeting place with God
- Ephesians 1:22-23 today the stone building is gone but Jesus Christ’s body is still here because we are his body (Ephesians 5:30) and that body is his church (Ephesians 4:4)
- But God is not building an inanimate building. His temple is alive, it is a body, it is his church.
- John 2:19-21 – the first time Jesus Christ refers to the temple of God as the body of Jesus Christ
- Matthew 16:18 – Acts 2:27-31
- It’s more than your body being the temple of the Holy Ghost. It’s that your body is a member of his body and a part of the temple of God. Not what you do with your body, but what are you willing to do with his body and would you do it to his body if he were here in front of you. Like Paul is asked in Acts 9:4
- household of God is a congregation of believers
- The household of God is a congregation of people, lively stones as we’ll see, just like the temple in the old testament was made of many stones. We are stones in a building that God is putting together.
- 1 Corinthians 3:16 – your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 6:19), in one sense as a brick is to a house
- Colossians 1:24 for his body’s sake, which is the church
- 2 Corinthians 6:14 – 18 – the temple of God is a corporate body, not one individual: them (6:16), my people (6:16), my sons and daughters (6:18)
- Ephesians 2:19-22 – Built upon Jesus Christ
- foundation of the apostles and prophets
- each stone that is added to that building is a lively stone (1 Peter 2:5)
- In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: (Ephesians 2:21)
- In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:22)
- Paul reminds us that the congregation is the temple of God and that the Spirit of God is in us – therefore, God will destroy any man that defiles the holy temple of God (congregation of believers)
- He destroyed Ananias and Sapphira for lying to the Holy Ghost in Acts 5
- He set the young man apart for destruction in 1 Corinthians 5 for fornication which leavened that temple
- Paul delivered Hymenaeus and Alexander unto Satan for shipwrecking faith in 1 Timothy 1:19-20