X0622........Not just any peace

 

 

Peace between jew and gentile..not just any peace...

Ephesians 2:14
14 For Christ himself is our way of peace. He has made peace between us Jews and Gentiles by making us all one family, breaking down the wall of contempt that used to seperate us.
15 By His death he ended the angry resentment between us, caused by the Jewish laws which favored the Jews and excluded the Gentiles, for he died to annul that whole system of Jewish laws.
Then he took the two groups that had been opposed to each other and made them parts of himself, thus he fused us together to become one new person, and at last there was peace.
16 As parts of the same body, our anger against each other has disappeared, for both of us have been reconciled to God.
And so the fued ended at last at the cross. (ephesiqan 2:14-16--the book)

Whats going on in these verses? What is the wall of contempt that seperated Jew and Gentile?
There was resentment betweenus because the jewish laws of ministry favored the jew, and excluded us from participating. What,, were they better than us? Could we never enter the same priveleges?
Yes, of course we can. Jesus died to annul that whole system of jewish laws, the tithing, the sacrifices, the bells, the insence, that whole thing changes now with Jesus death.
No longer can only a few enter the place of ministry, but all who come to christ may serve Him as well.
Now we have become one new person,, in service to Him, and at last there is peace.
Not just any peace,,, not just the brotherly love peace, but the peace created by an entirely new service and ministry.
Now equality in ministry has brought this peace, we are finally one..we finally all serve together.
This is the plan for the whole body of Christ.

Let's look at this same area of scripture in the King James version....

 

14 ¶ For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: (Ephesians 2:14-16 KJV)


Study this part of verse 15....

 

15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances;.....

 

What is it that Jesus has abolished?

The first clue is that he abolished "in his flesh". this is not speaking of the blood offering--but rather the flesh--the meat of the offering--a reference to the part of the sacrifical offering that was eaten by (and in fact supported) the priesthood of the old covenant. The flesh of the sacrifice was the tithe. this is referring to the Levitical priesthood and it's fucntioning and operation.

One of the simple, yet very imortant concepts that most Christian are unaware of is the fact that Jesus fulfilled the sacrifical law of the old covenant--and allt he aspects of the sacrifical law are cearly and specifically done away with in the new covenant.

These veres say that jesus abolished...."the law of commandments"

The Greek word translated as commandments.....

1785 entole entole {en-tol-ay'}

AV - commandment 69, precept 2; 71

1) an order, command, charge, precept, injunction
1a) that which is prescribed to one by reason of his office
2) a commandment
2a) a prescribed rule in accordance with which a thing is done
2a1) a precept relating to lineage, of the Mosaic precept
concerning the priesthood
2a2) ethically used of the commandments in the Mosaic law or
Jewish tradition

Notice that this word refers to the office of old covenant ministry--the Levitical priesthood and it's operations--the lineage that operated in the authority of the priesthood.

Step back and take this verse in it's context. this is Ephesians chapter 2. Directly after this comes the description of correct new covenant ministry (Ephesians 4:1-15)--a different way of operating from the Levitical priesthood--ministry as a "gift given to every one of us"--the "gift of Christ"--the operating of a small group of ministers--equal servants--no rulers--except Christ.

Did Jesus abolish minsterial authority--ministerial "rule"?

 

Look at the Greek word translated as "ordinances".......

1378 dogma dogma {dog'-mah}

from the base of 1380; TDNT - 2:230,178; n n

AV - decree 3, ordinance 2; 5

1) doctrine, decree, ordinance
1a) of public decrees
1b) of the Roman Senate
1c) of rulers
2) the rules and requirements of the law of Moses; carrying a
suggestion of severity and of threatened judgment

 

This is the word "dogma"--meaning the "decree of rulers". Jesus abolished the od covenant way of rulers. Israel had many rulers--kings, judges--but this is specifically referring to the priesthood and it's "delegated, designated, authoritarian" rule.

 

Hebrews 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

The book of Hebrews says it plainly--there is no more authortarian Levitical priesthood in the new covenant.

Doesn't mean much to you?

It should.

The basis for "pastoral authority" is the old covenant Levitical priesthood.

The function of pastoral ministry is based on the old covenant Levitical priesthood.

In the old covenant, when you sinned, you brought an animal into the temple in Jerusalem. You entered by the gtes of praise, past the inner court of worship. Int h temple was an altar. On the altar ministered a priest--the only one who was allowed to serve in the temple. the non-Levties were referred to as the "congregation". They sat in silence under the authority of the priest. You had to bring an offering (an animal or perhaps grain) into the temple. the amount of your offering

Catholic folks come to church to have theri sin ofrgiven. they believe they need to go to a confessional and tell theri sins to the priest--in order to be forgiven. Protestant folks cringe at the idea. They know to confess to Jesus--not to a priest. But the fact is that protestant folks have borrowed all the same structure for operating their church.

A priest (pastor)--with authority over the congregation. He is the minister--and you are not. Your job is to bring an offering--many say "tithe" is the right amount.

When we are spending so much of our time, effort and money oeprating this way--do we realize that ther is another way?

the new covenant way is minstry in all, the Gospel as the first and continuing purpose. Small groups, meeting anywhere, usually the home, praying in the Spirit, and receiving God's instructions on where and when to witness. spreading a Gospel of salvation, healing, deliverance, feeding the poor, caring for the homeless. that is the stuff the church is meant to do all the time, all of us together, arm-in-arm, brothers and sisters---not rulers.