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Ephesians 2: 14, 15: “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to 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, thereby putting to death the enmity.” ‘The middle wall of separation’ between Jews and Gentiles was an actual partition in the temple area, with a sign warning that any Gentile going beyond the Court of the Gentiles would receive swift and sudden death. Paul was not saying that God had rejected the righteous standards of the law. Rather, In Christ the righteous standards that people could never reach have been accomplished. He is our righteousness; in Him believers fulfill the law. The Christian church, composed of Jews and Gentiles, is described as one new man. In the earliest days of Christianity, the church was largely made up of Jews. But under the direction of God’s Spirit, the believers witnessed to Gentiles, who then outnumbered the Jewish members.

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