Ephesians 2:11-22

A Body & A Building


INTRO: Have you ever noticed how many fitness magazines there are in publication?  Shape; New body; muscles; body building; runner; jogging; men's health; men's fitness - go on & on


A.)This time of the year they are giving their remedies on how to get into shape.  interesting titles/101 ways - to live smarter; look younger;


B) The best 20 min workouts – I loved this one {a Healthy Person's guide to pizza }


C)     Looking at a mag rack at your local super market reveals we are

         a culture obsessed with image

     1.)     You see it in commercials & ads - that suggest you can      have a

          new body! You can Build a new you


D)     People spend a lot of time; hard work & even money  to achieve that  status!

1) People can do a lot to make themselves feel and look better      physically - but can't make a new you!  Real You in who are on inside

2) can't do anything in our strength to change ourselves spiritually - no

      routine - no program /   Only God can make a new man!



We saw in our last study a few wks  ago – how  we were dead in sin! MESS / V. 4 - BUT GOD !!!!   Made us alive!  Saved by Grace

A.) Then in v.10 – Paul revealed to us a wonderful truth - we are God’s workmanship - work of art- HIS MASTERPIECE !!!!


B.)    People look at us - say - you a work of art? We can say You Should have seen us      before! God has done a work - / doing a work


C.)    As we move into v.11 - Paul moves from individual analogy to the collective analogy -  Christ has made a Whole New Body of believers v.11-12

Prior to Christ's death and resurrection there were 2 groups of people:  Jews and Gentiles

A.)The Jews were God's chosen people; promise to Abraham build a great nation/       From nation come Messiah - Savior of world


B.)    Given mark of circumcision - signified separated unto God

     1.)     They were given special covenants - agreements Between God &them.  

           They were given the Law


C.)    Why did God choose and bless Israel?   Deut 7:6 .. "For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.  "The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples;


D.)    Not because They were big and mighty but small  barren and weak & because He loved Them{ He would do a great work thru a weak vessel

     1) It would be a testimony of God's grace and faithfulness and power!


So on one hand you had Jews - God's chosen people - on other hand Gentiles - everyone else

A.)In v.11,12 - Gentiles are described as being without Christ;   

        w/out citizenship; without covenant; without hope!


B)Historians testify that a big cloud of hopelessness covered the ancient world

  1) Philosophies were empty; traditions were disappearing; religions were

        powerless to help men face either life OR  death – Hopeless!!!


C) Paul identifies the real reason in v.12  They were w/out God!

      Separated by sin


D.)    Same is true today: For man who doesn't know God!

    1) Here tonight – Don’t know Christ – That is You!!!

So Collectively that was our Place/ But then in V.13 We are given a Blessed interruption: V.13 - parallels v.4 - But God!  READ V.13-18

A.)    Jesus brings hope! He made peace: He broke down the wall – First between Man & God –


B) V. 15 He broke down the enmity – that is the law of commandments –

1) That is what Separated Jew & Gentile unlike from God was our Inability to Keep the commandments


C) He met those requirements perfectly – then Died for our failures

Col 2:13-15

He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.


D) Picture of Disarmed – public spectacle

1) v.18  Now in Christ – Both Groups would have Access to the Father !!!


So First God fixed the enmity that was between man and Himself and then he fixed the separation between Jews & Gentiles    

A) Gentiles and Jews didn't like each other: God set apart the Jews

         to be a help and blessing to Gentiles


B) Original plan in promise to Abraham - Jews would be channel of

      revelation of His goodness to other nations


C.)    Jews instead of seeking to help Gentiles - disdained them -looked down on them ( watch church doesn't do same)

     1.)     Rabbis taught - Gentiles good one thing: "Fuel fires of hell"


D.)In Herod's temple there was a wall that separated the court of      Gentiles from rest of temple!

E) Archeologists - plaque inscription: "No foreigner may enter within the barricade which surrounds the sanctuary and enclosure. Anyone caught doing so will be      punished by death!"



So there was this heavy hatred between the two classes they avoided each other and wouldn't help each other!

A.) If a Gentile was dying or giving birth – a Jew wouldn't help because -      Gentile was unclean!


B.)    But now Paul says v.14 Jesus is our peace -He has broken down wall/ No Race / No color differences /

1) From the two groups the Lord was going to make ONE NEW MAN !!!



Now Paul uses this analogy in His writings a lot idea of seeing the church as Christ's body

A.)    "One body, many members and functions in Romans.

     Diff gifts in      Eph 4  / 1 Cor 12 ; 14


B) All the members are equally important & necessary  all have a function!

     1.)     human body - eyes; toes; feet; hands – All important – have a function


C) The same is true of the Body of Christ – Many members – not all alike different functions – but all equally important !!! 


D) A human body is complete at Birth – that Child has everything it needs to function as a healthy normal –productive human being

1) All that is needed is for growth & maturity to take place !!! 


E) THE SAME IS TRUE SPIRITUALLY -  You have all you need available in Christ – Just need to grow & mature !!!!


Now Paul closes out this section with another analogy of our oneness – not just a Body – but we are a Building   Rd v. 19-22

In Matt 16 Jesus asked "Who do men say that I am?" 

A) Several different opinions:  John B, Elijah; Jeremiah; one of prophets

     1.)     Who do you say?  "You are Christ, the son ... God"


B.)  V. 17,18"Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. "And I also say to you that you are Peter, (Petros Little stone )and on this rock ( Petra  Huge Rock)  I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.


C) The Foundation of the Church is based upon the teachings of the Prophets and the Apostles ABOUT CHRIST

1) The prophets pointed ahead to that rock -


Is 28:16  Therefore thus says the Lord God: "Behold, I lay in Zion     a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not .......Shame


D.)    I like Deut 32:31 - Their rock is to like our rock!

     1) Two kids comparing / Pulls out shinny stone / other a Pts to a Mt.


E.)     Rocks of this world can look shiny and new - fancy, but no     comparison to our Rock!


The prophets looked ahead - the Apostles looked back!

A) PAUL 1 Cor 10:3-5 all ate the same spiritual food,4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.



B) PETER : 1 Peter 2:6-8   "Behold, I lay in Zion  A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame."

7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,  "The stone which the builders rejected  Has become the chief cornerstone," 8 and "A stone of stumbling - And a rock of offense." They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.

Notice: Jesus is referred to as the Cornerstone

A.)This was the most important stone in the building. From the      cornerstone the whole building WAS joined together

1) If YOU removed it would all fall apart!


B.)    Catch the significance of this:  Jesus is not only the foundation,     the rock upon which the church is built

     1.)     House is only as good as it's foundation! 


C.)    But He is also the chief cornerstone - he holds us all together!


D.)    Important because if we remove Christ from being the focus of our lives; our church - it crumbles


E)  If we begin to get caught up in programs and principles instead      of

       a person - we our lives / church - doomed to  failure

1) If we focus on each other – TROUBLE – FLAWS imperfections


F) Our goal is to point to Jesus! Stand on Jesus! Worship and exalt      Jesus!  share the gospel of Jesus .. crucified


In Matthew 7:24-27 - Jesus told the story of two men built houses

A) one man - (foolish man) built on sand. - Jesus says whoever     hears my words - doesn't follow - men on sand!


B) The person Hears the truth - but ignores - follows philosophies of the world!  Live for self


C) Jesus said - that foundation is sand! Storms come and waves      crash - that house falters!


D) But The wise man builds on the rock - hears word and follow.  Rock      is Christ - storms still come - stands - why?

1.) built on the Rock!      YOUR LIFE TONIGHT


As we prepare our hearts to approach the Communion table

A) Lets remember – as we do that we are RE AFFIRMING OUR



B) Realizing we are one here at the CROSS – ONE NEW MAN

1) One Body -  One in the sense of being equal – NO ONE BETTER

than anyone else – Sinners who needed a Savior


But as we come to the table lets also Exalt our ROCK

A) Our Rock is not like their Rock


B) Our Rock is Precious to us –


C) IN Christ our Rock that our Stability is Found



But as we come to the table tonight – also a time to Consider :

A) Is Christ Precious to me – or is he a Rock of offense – a stumbling block that I keep stumbling over ?


B) What is my life built upon tonight

1) Sand – Ignoring God’s word – or Rock – because I have embraced God’s word