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Ephesians, Chapter Two, Lesson Three

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V.17 (Cont'd.)

** Does the New Testament speak of the vital peace making role that Christ played out as He fulfilled His Father's will?

Yes!

John 14:27 "My peace I give to you"
John 16:33 "in Me you may have peace"
cf. Matthew 10:34-39 (Luke 14:26)

** We learned last week the identity of the two groups that Paul again mentions here, who are they?

Far away ones - The Gentile Believers
Near ones - The Jewish Believers

** How many other types of Christians are there?

None, we all come from either a Jewish ancestry or from one of the "nations". The point being that the gospel of peace is for everyone! cf. 2Peter 3:9 and 1Timothy 2:3-4

V.18 ** This brief little verse is one of many that not only conveys an important truth, but also indirectly refers to an important doctrine of Scripture. Do you see the doctrinal statement contained here in Paul's statement that is often refuted by religious cults of our day?

The doctrine of the Trinity. We see Paul referring to Him (Jesus Christ), the Spirit and the Father all in one indivisible statement.

** What has been accomplished in this verse by our Triune God according to Paul?

Our access - both Jew and Gentile! We you consider the desperate description of our unsaved status that we saw last week, it becomes all the more miraculous for us to have access to a Holy God.

** How did we gain this access?

1) through Jesus Christ - Ephesians 3:11-12, Romans 5:1-2
2) in one Spirit - Romans 8:15-17, Galatians 4:6-7

** Realizing what vile sinners we were, now saved by grace, how should we approach the throne of our
Heavenly Father?

With boldness and confidence, because of the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf!
cf. Hebrews 4:14-16 and Philippians 3:3

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