What does it mean to be a "fellow heir" with Israel and part of "the commonwealth of Israel"? There's a right way and a wrong way to interpret Paul's analogies. We've tried the wrong way before. Let's try the right way. Take a trip through Ephesians 3:1-13 to uncover the "Mystery of Christ" which was "hidden in God" for ages past.
What is God's purpose in saving you? Turns out that God had a plan all along. The Passover story and the good news of the kingdom contain God's plan for universal domination, a plan in which the nations play a critical part. The "mystery of the gospel" and the "eternal purpose of God" presented in Ephesians 3 reveal the meaning of the redemption and the significance of the Gentile disciples in the whole plan.
Christ has "abolished in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility" and "the law of commandments expressed in ordinances" in order to make Jew and Gentile into "one new man" built together into a "holy temple ... a dwelling place for God." There's a lot of room for misunderstanding Ephesians 2:14-15. Here's a teaching to clear it up and make sense of the passage without falling into the predictable patterns of Replacement Theology.
Lesson two in our read-thru of Ephesians. If we understood the full implication of our salvation through Yeshua, we would not be concerned with status, prestige, social class or caste, nationality or ancestry, because the exaltatio of Messiah transcends all of that.
If salvation is not intended to get us into heaven, what's the point? This teaching introduces the concept of the exile of God' Dwelling Presence, and the objective of the commandment to build a sanctuary.
"A Mixed Multitude went up with them" (Exodus 12:38). Who is the mixed multitude that went up with Israel out of Egypt? This teaching looks into the identity of the Gentiles in the Exodus, but goes further, to explore the concept of mixed spaces in the Torah and the Kingdom.