By Dr. Dallas Eggemeyer
It’s amazing there are whole theological doctrines of “the one new man” with several variations going through out the Church, and all based on only two references in the entire Bible. Ephesians 2:15; 4:24. ??
When the true message that Paul clearly states in Ephesians is “the Mystery of Christ and the Church, His body”, 5:22-32. Paul speaking to both Jewish and Gentile believers declares in Ephesians 4:4-6, making it very clear there is only one body, and one faith, one Lord, one baptism, one God, one Spirit. How have we missed it, why the confusion?...Throughout Paul’s letters he makes it plain, the Church is not Israel and Israel is not the Church. The Church does not replace Israel....
What we know is ...the Church is made up of both Jewish and Gentile believers, but called to be ONE IN Christ Jesus, their identities now found in Christ as his body, not their religious structures.
What we have longed for...Israel is NOW looking for Messiah to come, we continue to pray for all Israel to be saved and the nations to come to the LORD as He restores all things unto Himself, then we together will be reconciled as God’s united family under His Kingdom rule both in heaven and on earth....let’s keep our Focus on Jesus
Matthew 6:33 If it’s Truth Holy Spirit will reveal it IN Scripture!
The book of Ephesians is clearly a message or revelation about the Church Christ’s Body, it’s formation, both positionally and functionally. It’s a thesis on this “new humanity”, the renewed restore body of humanity into the image and likeness of God. This Body is not like anything revealed to Israel before this time. It is a full composite of all that humanity is joined to the godhead IN CHRIST. Thus the Lord speaks of “us” as one with Father . (John 17:11) This Body operates with a uniqueness that is only seen, birthed, revealed and manifest IN Christ. (Galatians 3:26-29; 1 Corinthians 12:11-14) As Paul writes to the Romans he brings forth greater insights in the distinctive nature of both the Church and the Nation of Israel. God’s eternal purposes and promises for Israel will come forth in the fullness of time, just as the full counsel of God’s Word teaches. He, God will also “ bring to light what the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 3:9-10) This WORD was a NOW Word over 2000 years ago, and yet it holds true even today for all those that would come to Faith IN CHRIST JESUS! You are NOW a new creation in Christ Jesus, “ we know that when He appears, we will be like Him.”
(1 John 3:1-3)
An interesting question to ponder; To Jewish and Gentile Believers, Paul at Ephesus asks this question; “into what then were YOU baptized?” (Acts 19:1-8) compare Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 12:13