Sermon: “No Longer Strangers to God and to one another” (Ephesians 2:11-22)

Sermon

Sermon Title: “No Longer Strangers to God and to one another”

Text:Ephesians 2:11-22

Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018

Speaker: Pastor Joseph

Jewish Attitudes toward Gentiles

  • They were called “the uncircumcision” (See Romans 2:26, 28)
  • Jews regarded Gentiles as ritually unclean.
  • In some rabbinic literature, the Rabbis refer to non-Jewish people as “uncircumcised proselytes.
  • Jews have been taught to separate themselves from Gentiles and paganism because of the Gentile sinfulness .
  • Jews prohibited Gentile to participate in Temple worship.
  • Jews were exhorted not to marry Gentiles (Lev. 9:10; 14:6).
  • Gentiles were “sinners” (Galatians 2:15).
  • Many Jews believed that the Gentile were doomed to divine punishment.

Jesus and Gentiles: His Perception and Attitude

  • He instructed his disciples not to be like the Gentiles who “greet only your brothers” (Matthew 5:47)
  • In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus instructed his disciples not to pray the Gentiles who believe that God will hear them because of their long and repetitive prayers” (Matthew 6:7)
  • He taught his disciples not to follow the example of the Gentiles who “eagerly seek for material things” in this word (Matthew 6:32).

Ministry to Gentiles

  • Jesus ministered to the Gerasene demoniac (Mk 5:2)
  • Jesus ministered the centurion who sought Jesus out (Mt 8:5; Lk 7:2-7)
  • He ministered to the Syrophoenician woman who searched for him (Mk 7:25).
  • He met with the Greeks who asked to meet with him (Jn 12:20-22)
  • He shared the Gospel with a Samaritan woman (Jn 4:1-42).

The Gentiles in the Future Mission

  • Jesus taught that his followers as “the light of the nations” would evangelize the Gentiles and participate in Gentile missions (Mt 5:13-16; 24:14)
  • In several of his parables, he announced the participation of the Gentile in the Kingdom of God (Mk 4:30-32; Mt 22:1-14; Lk 11:29-32).
  • Gentile Christians would sit in fellowship with the Jewish patriarchs (Mt 8:11-12)
  • Jesus states that the Temple, that is Father’s house, “will be called a house of prayer for the nations” (Mk 11:17), which includes both Jews and non-Jews as worshippers of Yahweh.
  • Jesus predicted that he will not come until the Gospel is preached to all Gentile nations (M5 24:14)

Common and Shared Gifts between Jewish and Gentile Christians

  • Through Jesus the Messiah, both Gentile and Jewish Christians received the gift of peace
  • Through Jesus, both Gentile and Jewish Christians received the gift of the Spirit or access to the same Spirit.
  • Through Jesus, both Gentile and Jewish Christians share the same God as their Father or access to the same Father
  • Through Jesus, both Gentile and Jewish Christians received the gift and ministry of reconciliation
  • Through Jesus, both Gentile and Jewish Christians received the gift of unity in thinking
  • Through Jesus, both Gentile and Jewish Christians received the gift of friendship

Amen!

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