Saturdays Through Ephesians

For me and my family, Saturdays are for rest and the Word of God.  For a time, I am dwelling in Ephesians, so I thought I would invite you along.  What you will read is my translation, which like Eugene Peterson’s translation, reads more like a paraphrase than a literal interpretation.  So, with that in mind, here’s hoping that Saturdays through Ephesians gives us both rest in a restless age.


Ephesians 2.11-16

Therefore, remember that at one time, your ethnicity of birth was considered “less than circumcised” by those who consider themselves circumcised, which by the way is made in the flesh by human hands.   Remember, at that time you were without Christ. You were estranged from the nation of Israel and foreigners from the covenant of promise.  You were without hope and without God in the world.

But now, you are a people—who once were at the end of a long line so much that you could not even see the destination—but who in Christ Jesus are now near by the blood of Christ.

For he is our peace.  He made what was divided into one and rent the partition wall, the enmity, in his flesh.  He dispensed of the “official” law of the commandment.  He did it all so that he might create the two into one new people, in him, making peace.  He did it all so that he also might reestablish the two into one body to God through the cross, snuffing out the division in his death.