Monday, November 2, 2009

The dividing wall...

My next research paper is on Eph. 2:11-22, especially its OT referents and the concern with the "dividing wall of hostility" from 2:14. I've been reading through Markus Barth's The Broken Wall: A Study of the Epistle to the Ephesians, and I have to say, it's quite insightful and still very helpful, considering it was published in 1959.

I have to do a lot of reading today, so I will leave you with just a small nugget from Barth:

"Excluded is the assumption that under any circumstance, Jew or Greek, man or wife, Westerner or Asiatic, bourgeois or proletarian, white or black, can claim to have Christ on his side or for himself only. Even if the claim were made by Christians, who with missionary zeal feel committed to bring Christ or Christianity to outsiders, non-Christians, and apostates, it would still be wrong, for Christians bear witness to Christ only when their words and deeds make it plain that Christ is as much the outsiders' and opponents' Christ as their own. He is the end of division and enmity... He is not what a Christian can give to others. He is the gift of God to both."


mike said...

Paul was pretty insightful himself considering he wrote in the first century!


Mike S. said...

mike: You're definitely right! I just assumed that... ;)