The Mystery Revealed
The full prophetic plan of the “One New Man” (Eph.2:15), is the drawing together of Jew and Gentile and is an urgently needed revelation for the time that we live in, and for the final age to come. The book of Ruth showed us the tremendous love that this Gentile woman Ruth, had, as she became a fellow citizen with Israel and the Jewish people, adapted to their way of life, and their belief in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In this article, I hope to impart to you, the mystery revealed from the book of Ephesians regarding the joining of the Jew and Gentile as one in Messiah.
Although the body of Messiah today, which is the Church, has in fact joined themselves to believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the same God as the Jewish people, the separation between the Church and the Jewish people definitely remains. This “Oneness of Jew and Gentile” is not merely theoretical or theological. It is thoroughly real and practical. At the same time, that the Jews cannot embrace the Church, whether as Gentile believers in Jesus or even a Jewish believer in Jesus, this makes this joining twice as hard. As the Lord is preparing the stage for His second coming, many segments of His church are still definitely not recognising the significant role of Israel and the Jewish people in God’s prophetic plan. Without embracing this vision, the joining of Jew and Gentile as ONE NEW MAN cannot possible take place.
There is a tremendous spiritual war against the union of these two people groups joining together, because the ultimate result will be the manifest glory of God upon the earth, and will unlock the healing of all God’s creation. Today we have many divisions among the entire body of Messiah, between denominations, churches, movements, and believers throughout the whole earth, Why? The root of all divisions has never been healed, it is the most ancient of divisions, one which the apostle Paul, seeing into the future, addressed in the book of Ephesians, the separation and division of the Jew and Gentile. Paul is speaking to Gentile believers in Ephesus, revealing a mystery to them regarding this “ONE NEW MAN”. As we briefly look at parts of this book, we must remember the overall theme of the book, which is this joining of two people groups becoming one in Messiah. In chapter 1:17-18, Paul states that he always prays for the believers to have wisdom and revelation into the plan of God, that their eyes will be opened to this. Of course, we can take this to mean God’s plan for our own individual lives, but we must also see the larger plan, the joining of the Jew and Gentile in Messiah.
In Ephesians chapter 2:11-13, it is clearly stated that the Gentiles were at one time estranged from the rights of Israel as a nation, and also strangers from the covenants, but through the shed blood of Messiah they are now brought near. One of the biggest problems believers have in interpreting the New Testament scriptures is that most of the time there is little knowledge of the Old Testament. In the next two verses, 14-15, we need to take a closer look at certain words in order to understand what the Apostle Paul is saying, “For he (Messiah) is our peace, who has made us both Jew and Gentile one body, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, the law of commandments contained, in ordinances; for to make in himself of two one new man, so making peace.”
Most interpretations of these two verses would say that the word enmity refers to the Old Testament law of commandments, and that through believing in Jesus, these have been done away with. First we must clarify that the word law, actually means teachings, and if it were not for the Old Testament teachings we would not have any foundation at all, and we would not have the Messiah Jesus.
Jesus himself said in Matthew 5:17, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” The root meaning of the word fulfil is: to clarify or finalise, to perfect a foundation on which to build further. Jesus never meant to do away with or abolish the Old Testament teachings. Without knowledge of any Hebraic root teachings we will not be able to understand what Paul is referring to in “the enmity of ordinances”. Remember, Paul was a learned Jewish scholar who knew the Old Testament, and also the oral rabbinic laws. The enmity between Jew and Gentile was not the commandments, but it came because of mutual dislike of each other’s customs. This is common between cultures, but in this case, most Jewish customs are different. They did not just evolve; they were the obedience of the Jewish people in response to the Old Testament teachings given them by God.
In Ephesians 2:19, Paul continues speaking to the Gentile believers, “Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s family.”
The word fellow citizen means to be in union with or together with by resemblance, companionship, or association. When someone becomes a citizen of a nation, they are required to learn the laws, customs, history, and language of that nation. A person becoming a citizen must also pledge loyalty, faithfulness, and commitment to that nation. We need to remember that it says in Romans 11:17, that the Gentiles were grafted in among the nation of Israel, and the Jewish people. When you graft something, you join or fasten it in such a way as to bring about a close and permanent union. This is what Ruth did as she attached herself to Naomi, a type and shadow of the Gentile becoming a fellow citizen with Israel and the Jewish people. The Gentile believers (Christians) should be thoroughly involved with the Jewish people, both Messianic and non-Messianic; thereby fulfilling scripture. Unfortunately, this union that Paul spoke about never really developed into the ONE NEW MAN relationship. In Ephesians 2:20, Paul states that these Gentile believers are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus The Messiah being the chief cornerstone. It is okay to apply this verse for today, that apostles and prophets are the backbone of the Church, but we also must remember that when Paul was writing to the apostles and prophets he was referring to were all Jewish. The rich biblical inheritance that believers in Messiah have worldwide has been passed down to them by Jewish spiritual parents. In verse 21 it states, “In whom all the building fitly framed together grows into a holy temple in the Lord.” The Jew and the Gentile are to be fitly joined together.