Monday, October 03, 2011

What God Joined Together at the Cross

By Hazel Holland

We're all familiar with the phrase that pastors use during marriage ceremonies, "What God has joined together, let not man separate" The Scriptures tell us that when a man and a woman choose to marry they no longer are two, but become one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man should not separate (Matthew19:5-7)

I believe that this phrase, "What God has joined together..." also applies to Jews and Gentiles in Jesus Christ. What God joined together at the cross now applies to believing Jews and believing Gentiles!

"But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross" (Ephesians 2:11-16).

Just as there is no physical wall separating East and West Germany today, so there is no spiritual wall separating believing Jews and believing Gentiles today! At the cross they became one body in Jesus Christ. They became the church. Jesus Christ's blood brought down the dividing wall that separated both Jew and Gentile believers...forever!

But over the centuries respected teachers have invented false teachings that have erected the wall of separation that Jesus Christ brought down with a thunderous crash at the cross! Some of these inventions of men have become such sacred cows within the church that they are thought to be impregnable.

But God through His Spirit will expose the layers of error that have been laced with truth and used to erect the dividing wall that God brought down through the blood of Jesus Christ.

Although the traditions of men continually seek to divert us away from what Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross, the One who loves us and gave Himself for our peace has joined together believing Jews and believing Gentiles into one new body—His church. No cunningly devised fable will ever be able to separate His Body from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

The Joiner"(art by Ramone Romero)

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