Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The wall of hostility

The law divides, it is THE dividing wall of hostility...

Eph 2: 14For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace"

When Martin Luther brought "disunity" to the Body, the then Roman Catholic Church, it was a good thing, otherwise we would all still be Catholic.

Martin Luther's main point of reference, the scripture God had opened his eyes to, was Rom 5:1 "1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a]have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand." that's the gospel of grace right there baby!!

When he started preaching that, it showed just how much "unity" there was!!

Now, was 'ol Martin bringing disunity?

Well lots in the church at the time would have accused him of it, accused him of heresy, of not being a son in the house, of deserting the people, of not loving the people, of not playing team, being rebellious, selfish...


NO, he was not, God was, through him, bringing genuine Spirit-filled unity, not "surface-smiley-everything-is-fine-until-you-start-preaching -your-gospel-of-grace-and-messing-with-the-10 commandments" unity

Jesus himself brought down the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. He paid the biggest price for that...When men bring the law back into the church, they are the very ones who are bringing disunity...not those preaching to get it out!

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