Daily Bread 1/27/2023


    Daily Bread – January 27, 2023 (The Sixth Day – Genesis 1:24-31) Ephesians 2:15 – Abolishing the Law of Commandments in ordinances, so that in Himself, He created of the two one new man, making peace. One New Creation In Christ Jesus God has provided a new covenant in Christ Jesus so that both the uncircumcised and circumcised are given the same opportunity. God has provided a level playing field where there is neither Jew, nor Greek, circumcision, nor uncircumcision, but a “new creation” (Galatians 6:15, 5:6; 1 Corinthians 7:19). The New Covenant allows all to come boldly into the Holy of Holies, which before was forbidden to anyone except the High Priest, and even then only once per year (Hebrews 9:7, 10:19). Both Jew and Gentile come to God the same way, and there is no difference between them now, or in the future. If they are going to walk with God, then they must be born from above and made into a new creature (John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17). When Adam sinned and was separated from God, it was not the Law that God desired to restore to man, but fellowship. The fellowship God wants to have with man could not come by the Law, because the Law could not impart the life of God into man (Galatians 3:21). The Law was just, good, and holy, but it could only point out man’s sinful nature. Paul, speaking of “one new man,” certainly refers to believers becoming partakers with Christ so we become those who are “in Him,” thus establishing in Himself perfect fellowship and union with us. The “one new man” may be understood as a “single new man” made from both Jew and Gentile. Both are referred to as one new man, because all must be in Christ Jesus in order to be saved and established in the New Covenant. The one new man may also be understood as the Church, which is His body. The Church has already been mentioned in Ephesians 1:23, and is being alluded to in view of the fact that Jesus is described as the Cornerstone of the house God has built. Therefore, Jesus is both the Head from which the whole body (His Church) functions, and the Cornerstone holding the whole building (His Church) in place. That which Jesus created in His person from both Jew and Gentile may be understood as the New Covenant (2 Corinthians 3:6), the new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), and the new man of Ephesians 4:24 – all of which are the glorious newness given in Christ Jesus. God has created one new humanity in Christ Jesus! Blessings, Pastor Mark Spitsbergen