Think about all of the things in this world that seem to divide us: race, gender, sports teams, politics, countries, denominations, money, nationality, language, technology, science, work, age, cities, theology, and the list could surely go on.
When reading the book of Ephesians, I came across the following verse that really spoke to me.
This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
First of all, how incredible is it that the same promises that were once only available to Israel are now available to all. Just like that, by the will of God, Gentiles are now fellow heirs. I can imagine when this mystery was revealed, how shocking it was to both Jews and Gentiles.
And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles.
And then to see it in action. When the circumcised (Israel) saw that even the Gentiles received the gift of the Holy Spirit, they stood there in amazement. How incredible is the grace of God? At one time the Gentiles were without hope, without a God. And now they were receiving the most precious gift, the gift of the Holy Spirit.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Now again think about all of the things that divide us, and then think about the work of Jesus Christ.
Jesus is our only hope, and the only way.
Thank you Lord for your forgiveness, for your gift of the Holy Spirit, for your son Jesus Christ. Even thought it’s hard to comprehend how a sinner like me is worthy or deserving, you have made it freely available to all that believe.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.