June 18, 2019 by directorfsm
Yesterday we looked at Ephesians 4:2-3 Unity of the Spirit there I wrote “If as the Word of God says’ God (the HS) indwells us, having peace with fellow believers should be second nature.” So today I would like to backtrack to Chapter 2 and see just how it is we get to that indwelling peace.
Most simply put it is because we (true born again regenerated believers) are one in or have “unity” in Christ. Paul uses vs. 11-22 to point this out:
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,[a] 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[b] the Spirit.
Note that Paul has put emphasis on the Triune God, Father Son and Holy Spirit here. All three persons are involved in the process of salvation. (see my series on the order of Salvation “Ordo Salutis“)
Whether you were a Jew or Gentile it does not matter, all have access in the same manner to the father, what matters is Christ. His sacrifice at Calvary paid the way for dividing wall of hostility for abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, for reconcile us both to God, for access in one Spirit to the Father for citizenship in the household of God, for being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. Further His sacrifice at Calvary paid the way for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14).
How can we get to that place of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling peace? I have said it many times it is through Grace alone, by Faith alone, in Christ alone to the Glory of God alone.