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ONE NEW MAN.

ONE NEW MAN.

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BY A. R. COCKE



A STUDY IN EPHESIANS, CHAPTER II.

"WHO hath made both one, and hath broken
down the middle wall of partition . . . to
make in Himself of twain one neiv man . . .
that He viigJit reconcile both unto God in one
body by the cross. ^'' — Eph. 2:14-16.
BY A. R. COCKE



A STUDY IN EPHESIANS, CHAPTER II.

"WHO hath made both one, and hath broken
down the middle wall of partition . . . to
make in Himself of twain one neiv man . . .
that He viigJit reconcile both unto God in one
body by the cross. ^'' — Eph. 2:14-16.

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OE EW MA. BY A. R. COCKEA STUDY I EPHESIAS, CHAPTER II. "WHO hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition . . . to make in Himself of twain one neiv man . . . that He viigJit reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross. ^'' — Eph. 2:14-16. HOW wonderful the truth in the previous chapter! We are blest "with all spiritual blessings."^ The sphere of our lives and blessing is graphically described as " in Christ," ' " in the Be- loved,"^ and " in heavenly places." ^ . God's purpose for us, conceived before the foundation of the world, is nothing less than this, " that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love," * that we should enjoy " the adoption of children," * and that " He might gather together in one all things in Christ."^ In Him we have an inherit- ance to which we are " sealed," and indeed have already in possession " the earnest." How important, then, that we have " the spirit of wisdom and revelation." ® With enlightened eyes we need to look upon and know " the hope of His 1 Chap. 1:3. '^ Chap. 1:6. ^ chap. 1 : 4. * Chap. 1:5. ¦' Chap. 1 : 10. « Chap. 1 : 17. [37]
 
f 38 STUDIES I EPHESIAS. calling," and to comprehend " the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints." ' We would be greatly aided l)y knowing the " exceeding great- ness of His power," '^ which lifted Christ to the right hand of IIajesty in the heavenly places, '' far above " all beings, putting " all things under His feet," and giving Him " to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all."^ There is one Head, and hence, according to nature, one body. The church is spoken of in these terms, " winch is His body." He has but one body. This body is His fullness, and hence there cannot be "twain," but "one new man;" one can no longer say " both," but " one ; " there can be no " far oft'," but all " are made nigh by the blood of Christ;" and there are "no more strangers and foreigners," but all are " fellow-citi- zens with the saints and of the household of God."* All middle walls of partition are broken down, and all believers " are Imilded together for -^ an habitation of God through tlie Si)irit."^ The Jews and Gentiles, if members of Christ at all, are members "of the same body." The immediate aim in this chajjter is to show that the ideal glory of the church as united to her Lord is only accomplished when all are brought to " equal 1 Chap. 1 : 18. ''Chap. 1:19. 3 chap. 1 : 31-23. * Ver.'^es 13, 14, 17, 19. "" Verse 32.
 
OE EW MA. 39 enjoyment of the privileges of God's covenant," and that it is only Avhen all are together in Him that " His fullness " (jilewma) is " realized and manifested."^ Jewish exclusiveness is buried l)eneath an avalanche of truths. Jews would un- church Gentiles. One sect would unchurch an- other, yea, one denomination will not commune with another. Here is the inspired answer to all man's reasoning which would justify such an un-C'hristlike position : — I. Both parties are the same l)y naturCjand henceTio'distinction can rightfully exist. " Tlie condition of the Gentiles is vividly de- scribed and their walk accurately delineated. They were " dead in trespasses and sins." '¦' There was not a movement of life, and hence spiritual exist- ence was impossible except from above. Life must be implanted in germ, or death forever reigns su- preme over every Gentile soul. They " walked ac- cording to the course of this world," '' and had never placed a foot upon the course of the world to come. " This world " of iniquity and sin was the sphere, the " be all " and " end all " of their lives. They looked not beyond it. This world, accord- ing to which they walked, was controlled by Satan, " the prince of the power of the air." This world is under his power and is directed by his ' Encjclopedia Britannica, p. 462. ^ Verse 1. •* Verse 2.

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