Tear Down That Wall! (9 of 36) by Jerry Vines

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Jerry Vines
Ephesians 2:11-18

In 1961 the Soviets constructed a wall right
through the middle of Germany. It was known as the
Berlin Wall. It was a massive structure of cement,
barbed wire and stone. It stayed there for 28 years.
In one of the more dramatic speeches in the history of
the world, President Reagan in 1987, turned to that
wall and said, "Mr. Gorbechev, tear down this wall."
Two years later, in 1989, the Berlin Wall came
tumbling down.

What if President Reagan, at that time, had
pointed to that wall and said, "The wall is torn
down." People would have thought he was crazy. Yet,
in these verses we have read, the Apostle Paul does
something very similar to that. He says in verse 14,
"Christ has broken down the middle wall of partition
between us". He was referring to a wall in the
Temple. When those words were written, when Paul
under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote those
words, the wall of separation in the Temple was still
there. It was only in A.D.70 when the Romans
conquered Jerusalem that the Temple was destroyed.
Yet, the Apostle Paul makes it very clear in these
verses of Scripture that what Jesus did at the cross
broke down the wall of separation.

In these verses which I have read there is a
similarity in structure between these verses and the
1st ten verses of the chapter. Notice in verse 2 he
says, "wherein in time past . . .". In verse 4 he
says, "but God". Now, in verse 11 he says,
"wherefore remember in time past". In verse 13 he
says, "but now". In time past; but God. In time
past; but now. He is discussing here two aspects of
what Christ has done when He died on the cross for our

First of all, sin caused death. That's why in
chapter 2, verse 1 he says "you hath he quickened who
were dead in trespasses and sins". God's solution
for the death is caused by sin is the ...

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