- Verses 1-10. Work out the contrast between man’s condition by nature and his position in Christ.
What are we said here to be saved:
(a) from, and
(b) for, or to enjoy?
How has this amazing change been effected, and how does its enjoyment become ours?
- Verses 11-22. Before Christ came, Jew and Gentile remained separate – kept apart in the temple courts by ‘dividing wall’ (verse 14). How did God deal with this situation through Christ’s coming?
What is now the position of believers, whether Jews or Gentiles, in relation to:
(a) God, and
(b) one another?
What three metaphors are used in verses 19-22 to show the complete equality of privilege that Gentile believers enjoy in Christ with those of Jewish birth.
Notes. Verse 2, 3. ‘Those who are disobedient’, ‘objects of wrath’: these phrases follow in their from Hebrew idioms. They describe those who are deliberately giving themselves to active rebellion against the will of God, and consequently are exposed to his active displeasure.