Today's Bible Chapter

Ephesians Chapter 2

Ephesians 2:21 – Two Peoples Unified in One Spiritual Temple

In him all the building jointed together 1 is growing into a holy Temple for YHWH. 2
1 Jointed together: Or, KJV: fitly framed together; WEY: the whole fabric truly bonded together; WMS: harmoniously fitted together; PME: in him each separate piece of building properly fitted into its neighbor; NEB: bonded together. The image is of finely chiseled stones carefully made to fit into the next. The Saints are compared to “living stones” by Peter. (Read 1 Peter 2:4-10) Compare 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19. Note 1 Kings 5:17; 7:9. The stones in the quarry were so well chiseled that no improvements needed to be made when joined in Solomon’s temple. 1 Kings 6:7 says, “And the stones used in the building of the house were squared at the place where they were cut out; there was no sound of hammer or axe or any iron instrument while they were building the house.” [BAS] The test is so perfect each Christian fits perfectly into the celestial Temple. Compare Colossians 2:19.
2 Holy temple for YHWH: Or, CON: grows into a temple hallowed by the indwelling of the Lord; WEY: is rising so as to form a holy sanctuary in the Lord; WMS: grow into a sacred temple through its union with the Lord; TCN: grow into a temple, consecrated by its union with the Lord. There is a process of growth here: personally and as a Body. Compare notes at Ephesians 4:13 and Ephesians 4:16.

Dear Friends of the Nazarene,

We choose Ephesians 2:21 as the theme verse of the chapter – Temple Unity. Paul writes that in the past Christians had followed a worldly lifestyle but now they have experience something of a spiritual resurrection. [1-7] Their behavior is no longer fleshly, but in Christ they have been spiritually exalted. God’s purpose in doing this is to use the Church to demonstrate to all humanity “the transcendent wealth of His grace.”

Christians have been “saved” out of this world order of humanity by the grace of God. [8-10] Such potential salvation is not the result of works, so never can anyone boast that they attained salvation by virtue of their own efforts. This does not mean “works” are of no consequence, for Paul continues by saying that Christians ‘have been created as a product for good works.” God has pre-determined what these works will be and Paul will go on in his epistle to discuss such works.

Paul now shifts in his discussion to explain how unity will be achieved between Jew and non-Jew. [11-18] His words are directed toward Christians who were formerly Gentiles or non-Jews. Such believers may now approach God through the blood of Christ. Christ brought about peace by destroying the wall – the Law of Moses – that separated Jew and non-Jew. Thus, God’s eternal purpose was to unify Jew and non-Jew within the one Body of Christ.

Now non-Jewish believers were no longer strangers and aliens. [19-22] Rather they have been included as a fundamental part of the great spiritual Temple God was building on the foundation of Christ. In this spiritual Temple God Himself dwells spiritually.

Abba our Father bless the unity between Jew and non-Jew in the Body of Christ.

[3 July 2002]

Notes from the People’s New Testament by B. W. Johnson -

The several parts, or buildings, are united in him, so as to form one holy temple. That is, all races, Jews and Gentiles, are compacted in one church.