July 29, 2018
First Presbyterian Church, Sterling, IL
Our first reading this morning is from the letter to the Ephesians. This letter was not written to a particular body or to address a problem. The writer has a vision of the church larger than any one congregation. In Ephesians we see an image of the universal church, all the faithful, made one in Christ, the head of the body. In this scripture reading, the image is of those divided, as if a wall had been built up between them, are now brought together, built up together – united, with no more barriers between them.
Those who were once without God – the Greek word is “atheos” and is only found once in the entire bible – those far away are brought near through Christ Jesus. Let’s listen for Gods gracious word to us in Ephesians 2:13-22
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off
have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both group…