He is Our Peace
A Sermon on Ephesians 2:14-16
For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 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, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. (ESV)
Do you know true peace? In this sermon about Ephesians 2:14-16, Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains the main purpose of Paul's letter to the Ephesians: to encourage the church in the peace of Christ. We have been saved and are in the body of Christ. As such, we have been redeemed, and the war with God is over. We now have the peace of Christ that governs us. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that the realization that Christ is the peace of believers is one of the most significant and meaningful encouragements to the soul. Only when people understand the true nature of sin do they understand the true nature of salvation. Additionally, Dr. Lloyd-Jones addresses some who would discount the first few chapters of Genesis. Dr. Lloyd-Jones stresses that without the beginning of the Bible, people will not understand why the world is as corrupt as it is, nor will they witness the roots of the Gospel. Without understanding the sin that originates in Genesis, people will certainly be confused about the lack of peace in the world. Unbelievers will never have peace with each other unless they have peace with God in salvation. Thankfully, Jesus made a way for us to have peace with God through his death on the cross. Through Christ, we can have lasting peace.