Every day brings with it the problems of yesteryear, which were not resolved as previously thought.
Individuals have their “hurts” that need healing, but reaction has replaced response, and we are revealing more and more of the “old-nature”, of which the Scriptures teaches us is inherited at birth.
The Apostle reminds the Ephesian believers of the bitterness that existed between those Gentiles, referred to as the “Uncircumcision”, whose identity related to “that which is performed in the flesh by human hands”. (Ephesians 2:12) How difficult it is to cross human barriers that are strictly fleshly! In fact, it is totally unacceptable for Christians.
Most of the problems that exist in these “fleshly areas” are the results of long ago prejudices that have been continued, or magnified to end in violence. It is a pathetic development.
There is a definite solution, who some thought could be conquered through violence, which is nothing short of a figment of the imagination. That thought pattern which originated in the minds of people who were “far off”, or as they envision, “less than” the circumcised is totally outside of the concept that Christ and the “believers” of that day concluded.
Look closely at the thought pattern established by Christ and adapted by the early Christians: “But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13)
Further, “For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might RECONCILE them both into one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the ENMITY.” (Eph. 2:14)
The solution to this enmity that exists can only find a full manifestation when we adhere to the principle established in Scripture. Christ alone has done the job of reconciliation! A Christian is now: “a fellow citizen with the saints, and are of God’s household…in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.” (2:19-22)