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14 [a]For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh,(A) 15 abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims, that he might create in himself one new person[b] in place of the two, thus establishing peace,(B) 16 and might reconcile both with God, in one body, through the cross, putting that enmity to death by it.(C) 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near,(D) 18 for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.(E)

19 So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God,(F) 20 built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,(G) with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.[c] 21 Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;(H) 22 in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.(I)

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  1. 2:14–16 The elaborate imagery here combines pictures of Christ as our peace (Is 9:5), his crucifixion, the ending of the Mosaic law (cf. Col 2:14), reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18–21), and the destruction of the dividing wall such as kept people from God in the temple or a barrier in the heavens.
  2. 2:15 One new person: a corporate body, the Christian community, made up of Jews and Gentiles, replacing ancient divisions; cf. Rom 1:16.
  3. 2:20 Capstone: the Greek can also mean cornerstone or keystone.