Ephesians 2:11–22 (ESV)
One in Christ
11 Therefore remember
that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth
of Israel and strangers to 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 us both one and
has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body
through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens,
but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple
in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
As a Gentile, we were once “separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and
strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hoope and without God in the world.” Wow... for us believers today, the next time this separation happens... it will be heaven and hell. The believers will be with God and the nonbelievers
will be separated from God. God will be absent in Hell. Heaven will be peaceful and Hell will be chaotic. Peace is mentioned three times: 1) For he himself is our peace... 2) making peace, and 3) he preached peace. Jesus is our peace and
heaven will be peaceful. Hell on the other hand will not be peaceful, it will be chaotic. We build our life on Jesus Christ because he is the corner stone. We want too be one in Christ, our cornerstone, our peace!
I pray: O Lord, I do not put my trust in man, but in you. I build my life around you, the corner stone. You are my peace and you are making peace. Your message is peace and I will proclaim peace to the nations.