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Peace Established. Hostility Destroyed.

We need to remember previous verses:

1 v.3-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

1 v.13-14 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

2 v.1-12 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. 11 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.

When reading through Ephesians there are some important words that come up. Specifically in this case, the word “but”. This is now the second time it has come up and if we look back in vs.4 we will see how important it is. Imagine, if that “but” was not there. And that was it. What if there was no “But God” in Ephesians?

We have remember who we once were before Christ. We should never forget but now that we are in Christ, we have been brought near to Him. We were once separated, strangers, and alienated from the one who cares for us and is in control of all things. But for those who have received Christ, we have been brought close to him. Important thing to see is that the reason we have been brought near is not because of anything we have done or will do. It is not because of a priest, a prayer, communion, nothing. It was only because of Christ and His blood that was poured out on the cross. That’s it! Only the blood of Jesus can bring us close.

More specifically it says that Christ was our peace and is our peace. Those who are far from God are not at peace with God and will truly never have peace unless they are brought close to Him through the blood of Jesus Christ. Christ became man so that He would proved and be the peace between God and man. This also made those of us who are close to God, through the blood of Christ, one with God and broke down any barriers that were dividing us from God and creating hostility. So, when Christ provided peace between man and God, He also provided a way to become one with Him. When God looks at those who have come close, He sees the blood of His Son, which kills any hostility and brings true peace.

This peace that Jesus brought was not just for a certain people group, or a certain class of people. This peace is meant for all who are close and all who are far. People that could be close could be those who are under the preaching of the Word every week and active in their church but yet have never been brought close to God, through the blood of Jesus Christ. Those who are far off could be someone who knows nothing about God and has no interested in knowing about Him. Some could be far off who were once appeared close to God but yet as life moved on and trials came, they are now far from Him. Many of us could easily think of people in both these categories. Those who are close, yet are far off. Those who are far off, yet have know thought or knowledge of Him. And those who were once close, but yet are now very far, proving they were never truly close to begin with.

We have been brought close to God, through His Son, who provided peace and destroyed the hostility between God and man, and He is inviting those who are close and those who are far away to truly come near and receive peace.

My mind wanders and aches for those who I know that are far. Bring them to yourself O God of Peace!

We need to remember 1 v. 13-14 when reading 2 v. 18. Because being drawn close, the peace, being one with Christ, we now have access by the power of the Holy Spirit, through the Son and what He did for us, to worship and praise God for what He has done, for who He is, and for what He is going to do for rest of our human lives and also the rest of eternity!

Ephesians 2:13-18 ESV

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Life

Life.

When it comes, it comes.

It does not stop for anything.

Sleep, work, play.

It’s always moving in a direction.

Many believe life just happens and then it’s over.

For others, it’s hell.

For some, it’s heaven.

Life.

Its direction is in the hand of the Maker, but how you travel the direction of life is up to you.

It does not wait for anybody and it does not avoid anyone.

Many find life empty and let the direction it is headed take them to destruction.

Some find Life but are distracted by the things that bring a life to destruction.

They live the Life but are sick and tired.

Some find Life and live this Life to abundance.

Abundantly enjoying the Life the Maker has designed for maximum enjoyment and fulfillment.

This life leads to life which does not know destruction.

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Gun Control

Being married to an American and going to school in America has introduce a lot of new things into my life. Everything from gun control to having a president instead of a prime minister. Even the Constitution of United States was foreign to me until now.
One of the very hot topics in America today is gun control. If you ever want to start at hot conversation just mention gun control. The reason why I would be against gun control is because it goes against the Constitutional freedom that Americans and America have or were built upon. If the government continues to go against the Constitution of America when it comes to gun control, I believe there will be a civil war. You think I am crazy! But when something as foundational of being able to bear arms is under attack, people of America are not going to just sit by and watch the government take away a freedom, in which United States was founded. To me, I would not care about gun control if it was not in the Constitution, but it is.
The only thing gun control does, and has done in history, has taken or made it harder for the so called “law abiding” citizen, to use or have guns, for the use of good. It also has made the “non law abiding” citizen more capable of having guns and braver in using them. Braver because they know that the chances of the person, who they are thinking about stealing or attacking, is slim to none to having a gun because of gun control and the laws that would come with it.
Gun control goes way beyond just taking guns. It steps on the freedoms on which America was founded upon.
Should there be better background checks and mental health system? Absolutely! But you do not have to go against the Constitution to make that happen! And when your excuse for not providing better background checks is because you don’t have enough time or man power, it’s not going to be fixed by taking away guns. If you want a civil war, then go ahead and take guns away.
The whole underlying issue of this whole thing is the fact that we are a cursed people. We are cursed by the curse of sin. Everyone is capable of doing what Hitler did or what happened in Connecticut because we are cursed by sin. Sin makes us capable of doing anything. No matter how evil we think something is, you or I, are capable of doing worse. So, it does not matter if we have a gun in our hand or nothing at all, we are already capable of doing evil beyond what we can imagine. This sin curse was broken by Jesus Christ though, and what He did for us on the cross. Without Jesus Christ, all you can do is sin. With Jesus Christ, you don’t have to sin anymore.
Without understanding how sinful we really are, gun control will keep doing more damage than actually stopping the damage.
Understand we are all hopelessly lost in our sin without Christ. Understand that you are sinner, and believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sin, and rose again, conquering death. Believe and be converted.

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