Daily Devotional 10.19.21 – The first united Methodist church in Fort Worth

Today’s Bible:

Ephesians 2: 11-22

Reconciliation of God’s people

11 So remember that you were once a pagan by physical origin, whom the Jews who were physically circumcised called “uncircumcised.” 12 You were without Christ at that time. You were more of an alien than a citizen of Israel and a stranger to the covenant of God’s promise. In this world you had no hope and no God. 13 But now, thanks to Christ Jesus, you who were once so far away were close to the blood of Christ.

14 Christ is our peace. He made both Jews and non-Jews one group. With his body he broke down the barrier of hatred that divided us. 15 He canceled the detailed rules of the Law so that he could create one new person from two groups, making peace. 16 He reconciled them both as one body with God on the cross, thus ending the enmity towards God.

17 When he came, he announced the good news of peace to you who were far from God and to those who were close. 18 We both have access to the Father through Christ through one Spirit. 19 So now you are no longer a stranger and a stranger. Instead, you are fellow citizens of God’s people and belong to God’s house. 20 As God’s household, you are built on the foundations of apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. 21 The whole building is joined in it and grows into a temple dedicated to the Lord. 22 Christ builds you into a place where God lives through the Spirit.

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