He Is Our Peace (Part 2) – Gospel in Life

He Is Our Peace (Part 2)

Tim Keller |  February 14, 1993

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  • Atonement
  • Salvation
  • Jesus' Death & Resurrection
Ephesians 2:11-16
RS 237-29

Ephesians 2:11–18

Jesus, our peace, changes us through faith. He gets rid of the law’s requirements and brings together different groups of people through His sacrifice on the cross. The cross’s power unites people, creating a new kind of humanity, and tackles the real issue behind racism – our sinful nature and pride. Many might think education or cultural diversity can solve racial divisions, but only the cross can truly heal these wounds and end hostility.

1. The cross completely changes how you see yourself

Paul tells us in Galatians 5:11 that the cross can be a tough pill to swallow. It’s there to humble us and challenge our pride, which is often at the root of racism. Many see the cross as outdated or even offensive, but it’s a powerful reminder of our sin and our need for Jesus’ sacrifice to save us. If we try to make the cross less impactful, we miss its real meaning. The cross is supposed to make us uncomfortable, either hardening or humbling us, leading to a significant change in how we understand ourselves.

2. The cross completely changes how you see others

When we understand what the cross means, it changes how we see other people. It reminds us that being a Christian is more important than any other earthly identity. This understanding can help people from different cultures appreciate their backgrounds while also encouraging unity and respect among all believers. The story of Paul and Barnabas arguing over John Mark shows the importance of love, respect, and community, reflecting the teachings of the cross and the message of the gospel.



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