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Ephesians 2 does not teach the Law has been done away with
by Bill Wong

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Many people who believe that the Law of God has been done away with usually cite Ephesians 2 as evidence. They say that the enmity (hostility/hatred) mentioned is the Law of God. It is given below:

 

Ephesians 2:

10   For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.

11   Why remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that

     which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

12   That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel,

     and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

13   But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made near by the blood of Christ.

14   For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

15   Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; 

     for to make in himself of two one new man, so making peace;

16   And that he might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

17   And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were near.

18   For through him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

19   Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

20   And are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

21   In whom all the building fitly framed together grows to an holy temple in the Lord:

22   In whom you also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.          (AKJV) 

 

 

Does the apostle Paul actually teach in Ephesians 2 that God’s Law has been abolished? No. Ephesians 2 is just another example of how many misunderstand Paul’s writings as even the apostle Peter has warned us that many will do:

 

2 Peter 3:

14   Why, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace,

      without spot, and blameless.

15   And account that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation;

     even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given to him has written to you;

16   As also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood,

     which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction.

17   You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest you also,

      being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.

18   But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

     To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.                                                   (AKJV)

 

 

Many believe this teaches the Law is abolished, because this error is all they have ever been taught and know. This error is made worse and is never refuted, because people never study carefully what they are reading but just glance over it. The context of the Bible is never considered and the Bible truth that the Bible explains itself is always ignored.   With this lack of discernment, Ephesians 2 is just another part used to support the larger lie that the Law of God is somehow Jewish and not the reflection of God’s will for mankind. This is a false and pre-conceived idea. However, the Bible makes it clear over and over that the 10 Commandments are God’s commandments, not man’s commandments.

 

We must study Ephesians 2 closely with complete objectivity and let the Bible explain itself.

 

 

 

If Ephesians 2 abolishes the Law, then it contradicts the Bible

 

Believers that Ephesians 2 teaches the Law of God is abolished overlook and contradict two very important Biblical facts about the Law of God. The first is that it would clearly contradict the testimony of the Bible about the subject of the Law in other places in the New Testament.

 


Four examples of contradictions are given below:

 



1) If the apostle Paul teaches that the Law of God is abolished, then Paul is contradicting the Lord Jesus Christ’s own words about the Law.

 

The Lord Jesus said He did not come to abolish the Law. Instead, He came to magnify the Law and show its greater spiritual meaning (for example, by expanding upon the 6th & 7th Commandments to not murder and commit adultery in verses 21-22 and 27-28 below):

 

Matthew 5:

17   "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.

18   "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,

       not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

19   "Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same,

       shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them,

       he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20   "For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees,

       you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

21   "You have heard that the ancients were told, 'You shall not commit murder' and

      'Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.'

22   "But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court;

      and whoever says to his brother, 'You good-for-nothing,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says,

      'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

23   "Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,

24   leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.

25   "Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way,

      so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.

26   "Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent.

27   "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery';

28   but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  

     (NASB)

 

 

We must note also that right after He said He did not come to abolish the Law in verse 17, the Lord Jesus says in verse 18 that heaven and earth would pass away first before even the smallest letter or stroke of the Law ever would.

 


 

2)   If Paul supposedly teaches that the Law is abolished in Ephesians 2, then he would contradict himself in his other letters. In the Book of Romans, the apostle Paul states that we need the Law to know what sin is. Paul goes further to clearly state that the Law is holy, righteous, good, and spiritual:

 

Romans 7:

7     What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law.

     For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, "You shall not covet."

     (NKJV)

 

Romans 7:

 12    So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.   (NASB)

 

Romans 7:

 14    For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.     (NASB) 

 

Without the Law, how would the apostles have taught repentance of sin which the Lord Jesus commanded them to do? If we do not have the Law, how would we know what sin is for us to repent?

 

Luke 24:

  47   and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.   (ESV)

 


 

3) Are believers that the Law is abolished really saying that the Law is enmity? Enmity means hostility or hatred. Does the Law mean hatred or is it good? If they believe Ephesians 2 means the Law is enmity and abolished, then they would be contradicting the apostle James as well who unambiguously states that every good thing that comes from our heavenly father is good and perfect:

 

James 1:

16   Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.

17   Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights,

     with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.   (NASB)

 

 

The 10 Commandments are most definitely given from our heavenly father; there is no argument about that. So let us honestly ask ourselves: are the 10 Commandments good and perfect?   Did God give us a good 10 Commandments or did He supposedly give us the enmity 10 Commandments?

 

We have seen the Lord Jesus and Paul think the Law is good. James said anything that is good and perfect comes from God and since God is holy and perfect, this means that anything which comes from God is good and perfect – and the Law comes from Him.  So the Law is good, and it is not of hatred or enmity. Truly, how can the Law come from God and be enmity, if God is love (1 John 4:7-16)?

 


 

4) If the Law is supposedly abolished in Ephesians 2, then God would be shown to contradict Himself and be a liar. After all, it was God’s plan to have Israel be a holy nation of priests. This nation of priests would be based upon the Law of God and from which the Law would go forth to all the nations:

 

Exodus 19:

5     Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant,

     then you shall be a peculiar treasure to me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

6     And you shall be to me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.

     These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.

7     And Moses came and called for the elders of the people,

     and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him.

8     And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD has spoken we will do.

     And Moses returned the words of the people to the LORD.   (AKJV)

 

Deuteronomy 4:

5     "See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the LORD my God commanded me,

     that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it.

6     "So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples

     who will hear all these statutes and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'

7     "For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him?

8     "Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law

      which I am setting before you today?   (NASB)

 

 

So again, how can the Law be enmity if it was always meant for all peoples, starting from Israel?

 

To highlight all this, look at verse 12 where it says Gentiles were once not part of the commonwealth of Israel:

 

Ephesians 2:

12   That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel,

     and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

 


The meaning is now they are part of Israel by the Lord Jesus taking away the enmity/hostility. Are people who believe the Law is obsolete really saying that Jesus did away with the Law so we can be part of Israel? Does this make any sense? You cannot have it both ways. Everyone knows that Israel is identified with God’s Law, even though they call it a “Jewish” thing in error. Jesus did not remove His father’s Law so Gentiles could be one with Israel. As Jesus said, He did not abolish the Law.

 

So if the Lord Jesus did not abolish the Law and we are now one with Israel, what does that mean? It means the Law is still active. And as the Law is still active for Israel, now that we are Israel also, then the Law is for us, too – just as it was always meant to be.

 

 

 

What the enmity really is

 

The second thing that is overlooked by those who believe Ephesians 2 abolishes God’s Law is what the Bible actually tells us the enmity is, and the Law of God is not the enmity.

 

Please note that the same exact word ‘enmity’ (Greek Strong’s #2189) used in Ephesians 2:15-16 is also used in Romans 8:7 as is used in Ephesians 2:15-16.

 

Romans 8:

7     Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

8     So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

     (NKJV)

 


This same word ‘enmity’ is also used in the Book of James:

 

James 4:

4   Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?

    Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.   (NKJV) 

 

 

What is the Biblical evidence showing us that the enmity really is? The apostles Paul and James tell us the enmity is the fleshly mind (friendship with the world) that goes against God and His will. Indeed, Romans 8 declares that the fleshly mind is not subject to God’s Law and cannot please God, but only those who are spiritually minded and therefore are subject to God’s Law, do please God.

 

This is also what the enmity means in Ephesians 2:15-16 as well, because we see earlier in the chapter the correct context is given (we were once friends with the world):

 

Ephesians 2:

2     in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air,

      the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

3     among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind,

      and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

      (NKJV)

 

 

So the Bible shows that the enmity is something that is against God and cannot come from Him! The enmity therefore cannot be God’s own Law. The Bible tells us that the enmity is being of the world, which is sin.

 

The additional evidence that it cannot be God’s Law that is the enmity can be seen in the Bible’s definition of what sin is. Sin is the transgression of God’s Law:

 

1 John 3:

  4   Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.   (AKJV)

 


So we see crystal clear why the fleshly mind/friendship with the world is enmity with God and why the Law of God is not the enmity. It is because sin is the transgression of God’s Law – sin is the enmity against God’s Law.  What is sin must be abolished, not God’s Law which serves to identify sin!

 

We have seen that Ephesians 2 does not refer to the Law of God as enmity or being abolished. It is impossible and would contradict the Lord Jesus’ undeniable proclamation that He did not come to abolish the Law. Paul would also be contradicting himself elsewhere. It also contradicts God’s nature of being holy and love, and His plan from the beginning to have the Law go forth to all nations.

 

Now we also see that the enmity cannot be the Law of God, but enmity is what is against God which is the fleshly mind and friendship with the world – sin. Sin is the enmity against God. Since the enmity is sin and does not refer to the 10 Commandments, then is there something specific it is referring to in Ephesians 2:10-22? In other words, what sin is specifically being referred to in the context of the relationship between Jews and Gentiles in Ephesians 2?

 

The enmity refers to the traditions and laws of men that override God’s Law and original intention (as we saw in item #4 in the previous section), and cause hostility and division between Jews and Gentiles – shutting the Gentiles out from the promises of God to all those who love Him. The context of the chapter reveals this; note verses 11-12 & 19:

 

Ephesians 2:

11   Why remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh,

      who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

12   That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel,

      and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

 

19   Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

 

 

The context shows the subject is about Gentiles and how they were “locked out” from God’s promises.  

However, this is obviously not what God had planned as we have read in Exodus and Deuteronomy.

The Law and covenant promises were given to Israel to give to all men, but Israel has miserably failed

in this task.

 

This is perhaps the greatest example of how sinful man cannot do anything right. For if the Jewish

leaders could not even interpret God’s Law correctly for their own people, and then worsened the

situation by nullifying it with their own human traditions, how could they teach the Gentiles?

 

It was the law and traditions of men that separated the Gentiles from the Jews in obtaining a part of the

promises. God’s will and commandments were being nullified by the Jews in power such as the

Pharisees. This was what the Lord Jesus vehemently pointed out and denounced:

 

Mark 7:

1     Then the Pharisees, and some of the scribes gathered together to him, having come from Jerusalem.

2     Now when they saw some of his disciples eating bread with defiled, that is, unwashed, hands, they found fault.

3     (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, don't eat unless they wash their hands and forearms, holding to the tradition of the elders.

4     They don't eat when they come from the marketplace, unless they bathe themselves, and there are many other things,

     which they have received to hold to: washings of cups, pitchers, bronze vessels, and couches.)

5     The Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why don't your disciples walk according to the tradition of the elders,

     but eat their bread with unwashed hands?"

6     He answered them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors me with their lips,

     but their heart is far from me.

7     But in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'

8     "For you set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to the tradition of men --- the washing of pitchers and cups,

     and you do many other such things."

9     He said to them, "Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.

10   For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother;' and, 'He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.'

11   But you say, 'If a man tells his father or his mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban,

     that is to say, given to God;"'

12   then you no longer allow him to do anything for his father or his mother,

13   making void the word of God by your tradition, which you have handed down. You do many things like this." 

     (WEB)

 

 

Though Israel was to be a light to the nations, the Pharisees, priests, etc. were proving to be a stumbling block instead.  By adding and nullifying God’s will for all nations, they were making it a burden to all who earnestly seek God and were misleading them. The Lord Jesus made this very clear as well:

 

Matthew 15:

12   Then His disciples came and said to Him, "Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?"

13   But He answered and said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.

14   Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch." 

     (NKJV)

 

Matthew 23:

13   "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people;

      for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.

14   "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows' houses,

      and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.

15   "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte;

      and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.

 

24   "You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

      (NASB)

 

 

In Acts 10, we are actually shown God tearing down these man-made walls which separate the Jews and Gentiles. Acts 10 talks about the very first Gentile convert, the Roman centurion Cornelius, and begins with the vision God gives the apostle Peter, telling him that Jews should not treat Gentiles as unclean. Though many say this teaches that now all foods are considered clean, this has nothing to do with food, but everything to do with people:

 

Acts 10:

9     The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour.

10   Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance

11   and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth.

12   In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air.

13   And a voice came to him, "Rise, Peter; kill and eat."

14   But Peter said, "Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean."

15   And a voice spoke to him again the second time, "What God has cleansed you must not call common."

16   This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again.

17   Now while Peter wondered within himself what this vision which he had seen meant, behold,

     the men who had been sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate.

 

 

The apostle Peter makes it absolutely clear that God is talking about all people, including Gentiles,

being clean and should be considered one with the Jews. No longer are Gentiles to be kept separated

from God’s promises:

 

Acts 10:

28   Then he said to them, "You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation.

      But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

 

34   Then Peter opened his mouth and said: "In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.

35   But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.

     (NKJV)

 

 

Notice in verse 28 that Peter says though it was unlawful for a Jewish man to be with a Gentile, he then says, “But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.”   This is telling us that what made it unlawful for Jews and Gentiles to associate together were the ideas, laws and traditions of men, and not the Law of God. This division was man’s way, not God’s way. God is setting the record straight that we must not hold onto traditions of men and tells Peter, but no more will any man be called common and unclean.

 

God is intervening and making it perfectly clear that His Law must no longer be overridden by traditions of men – Israel must return to being the light they were meant to be. We must remember, God never wanted Jews to keep Gentiles away from Him, but to be a light to the nations and bring the Gentiles to Him. As Peter says in verses 34 & 35, God shows no partiality and pours out His spirit upon all flesh. The chapter ends with Cornelius and all his household being baptized and receiving the holy spirit of God.

 

 

 

The dividing wall being broken down in Ephesians 2:14 is not only a spiritual wall created by the blind leaders of Israel, but it is also a physical one, which is further evidence that the enmity abolished is not God’s Law, but the leaven of the Pharisees which make earnest seekers of God’s truth become twice as damned. There were actually dividing walls built to physically separate Jews and Gentiles in the Temple and synagogues.

 

The Jewish leaders in Jesus’ time had an attitude of exclusivity which is completely opposite of God’s commission to Israel from the very start to be the light to the world. They completely “forgot” what King Solomon, who had the first Temple of God built, said and did concerning Gentiles who earnestly seek God.

 

King Solomon knew what God really wanted concerning His Law when he said the following in his dedication of the first Temple. Dividing walls of any kind – spiritual or physical, are absolutely against the will of God. God is not just the God of the Jews, but of all peoples:

 

1 Kings 8:

41   "Moreover, concerning a foreigner, who is not of Your people Israel, but has come from a far country for Your name's sake

42   (for they will hear of Your great name and Your strong hand and Your outstretched arm),

      when he comes and prays toward this temple,

43   hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You,

      that all peoples of the earth may know Your name and fear You, as do Your people Israel,

      and that they may know that this temple which I have built is called by Your name.   (NKJV)

 

 

And again, just as God is the God of all peoples, the Law of God is for all peoples. Gentiles who love God and honor His covenant will receive a name and memorial better than those of sons of daughters:

 

Isaiah 56:

3     Neither let the foreigner, who has joined himself to YAHWEH, speak, saying,

     "YAHWEH will surely separate me from his people;" neither let the eunuch say, "Behold, I am a dry tree."

4     For thus says YAHWEH, "To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please me,

     and hold fast my covenant:

5     to them I will give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name better than of sons and of daughters;

     I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.

6     Also the foreigners who join themselves to YAHWEH, to minister to him, and to love the name of YAHWEH, to be his servants,

     everyone who keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and holds fast my covenant;

7     even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer:

     their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on my altar;

     for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples."

8     The Lord YAHWEH, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, "Yet will I gather others to him,

     besides his own who are gathered."   (WEB)

 

 

These verses verify the fact that in Acts 10, it is the law of man that has kept Jews and Gentiles separated.  We can very clearly see that God is the God of everyone and He has always wanted all peoples – Jew and Gentile, to come to Him in love, faith and righteousness.

 

Ephesians 2 tells us when these man-made dividing walls are torn down, Jews and Gentiles will be one Israel – just as He has always intended.

 

 

 

Jesus removes the enmity and what it means

 

The context of Ephesians 2 also tells us how the enmity is removed and what it means.

 

The Lord Jesus Christ is the one who removes the enmity. He does this by revealing God to us and also all of God’s will which includes the Bible truth that He is the Messiah of all peoples, to the Jew first and then the Gentile. His atoning sacrifice is for all peoples who love God and hold fast His covenant.

 

By showing everyone God’s truth and salvation for all peoples as God has originally intended (remember, the Scriptures of Jesus’ day was the Old Testament) and that He is the focal point as the Messiah to all, He has at the same time shown that the traditions of men are faulty and contradict God’s will and should not be followed. Now, everyone has God’s truth from the son of God and Messiah Himself. They must heed God’s truth alone and come to God in Christ, and not bend to the will of man’s traditions which divide men. Now what the Lord Jesus taught is written in the pages of the New Testament.

 

The theme of Ephesians 2 and indeed, the entire letter to the Ephesians, is that the Lord Jesus Christ removed everything that was enmity against us (man-made traditions, the wages of sin which is death, the enemy’s work, etc.) and in Him, we are all one people. In Jesus, we are all one people, one body, one bride. We see this clearly also in other chapters:

 

Ephesians 3:

4     Whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

5     Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men,

     as it is now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

6     That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:   (AKJV)

 

Ephesians 4:

4     There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling;

5     One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

6     One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

7     But to every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.   (AKJV)

 

Ephesians 5:

22   Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

23   For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.

24   Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

25   Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26   That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27   That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing;

      but that it should be holy and without blemish.

28   So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself.

29   For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church:

30   For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31   For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32   This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.   (AKJV)

 

Ephesians 6:

11   Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12   For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers,

     against the world's rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

13   Therefore, put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.

14   Stand therefore, having the utility belt of truth buckled around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

15   and having fitted your feet with the preparation of the Good News of peace;

16   above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one.

17   And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

18   with all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit,

     and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints:   (WEB)

 

 

This revelation of God and His truth to us includes the spiritual elevation of God’s Law as the Lord Jesus Himself has declared in Matthew 5 we read earlier. The fact that God’s Law is not the enmity that has been done away with can be seen again in the context of Ephesians 2 verses 19-20:

 

Ephesians 2:

19   Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

20   And are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

     (AKJV)

 


We must take note of verse 20 and who the Bible says the Gentiles foundation is built on: the apostles, prophets and the Lord Jesus Himself. The apostles, prophets and the Lord Jesus are all Jewish, of course, but more importantly, they all obeyed the Law of God.

 

We all know the Lord Jesus obeyed perfectly, but yet we are still told to imitate Him:

 

1 Corinthians 11:

  1     Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.   (NKJV)

 

1 John 2:

5     but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:

6     the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

     (NASB)

 

 

As we read earlier, the apostle Paul said the Law is good, but he further confirms that the Law is not done away with when he says all the saints of God establish the Law:

 

Romans 3:

31   Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law. 

     (NKJV)

 

 

Why do they establish the Law? It is because the saints of God are the ones who are not fleshly-minded, but they are spiritually-minded and obey the spiritual Law of God that the Lord Jesus spoke about in Matthew 5. So where the fleshly-minded people are not subject to the Law of God and cannot please God, the spiritually-minded people are subject to the Law of God and do please Him:

 

Romans 8:

5     For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit,

     the things of the Spirit.

6     For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7     Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

8     So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

9     But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.

     Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

     (NKJV)

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

So when the Lord Jesus abolishes the enmity, it means that Jews and Gentiles are no longer divided and are now one people. They are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets with the Lord Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone; all of them lovingly obeyed our heavenly father. Jesus did that perfectly – and we are commanded to follow His example.

 

Though Israel failed to fulfill God’s intentions for them to be a light to the nations, now in God’s son Jesus Christ, the same thing has been accomplished.

 

And what was accomplished is this:

 

Since we are now one man and the Lord Jesus did not abolish the Law, what does that mean?  It means simply that the Law of God will apply to the one man; that is, both Jew and Gentile. We are all now one Israel.

 

God says we are now one man and the Lord Jesus, the apostles Paul, James, and John all emphatically say no, the Law of God is not obsolete at all as some people say – the Bible truth is that those in Christ are spiritually-minded and establish the Law!

 

The Law of God is now written in our hearts.

 

Hebrews 8:

10   For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD:

     I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.   (NKJV)

 

 

We are now one Israel and must not boast against the natural branches:

 

Romans 11:

16   For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

17   And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them,

     and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree,

18   do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root,

     but the root supports you.   (NKJV)

 

 

We know who our root is – the Lord Jesus Christ. And as we have seen, we are now one people – one Israel, with the Lord Jesus and the apostles and prophets as our foundation:

 

Ephesians 2:

19   Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

20   And are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

     (AKJV)

 

 

The apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians tells everyone that all believers in Christ – Jew and Gentile, are now all one in Christ and we are one people, one body, one bride; we have one Law and one Messiah.

 

 

 

Please also see article: ‘We are One Israel - the Faith Once Delivered’.