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15 Ethnic hatred has been dissolved by the crucifixion of his precious body on the cross. The legal code that stood condemning every one of us has now been repealed by his command. His triune essence has made peace between us by starting over—forming[a] one new race of humanity,[b] Jews and non-Jews fused together!

16 Two have now become one, and we live restored to God and reconciled in the body of Christ. Through his crucifixion, hatred died. 17 For the Messiah has come to preach this sweet message of peace to you,[c] the ones who were distant, and to those who are near.

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Footnotes

  1. Ephesians 2:15 As translated from the Aramaic. The Greek is “to create in himself one new man.”
  2. Ephesians 2:15 Or “one new man.”
  3. Ephesians 2:17 This is Paul’s paraphrase of Isa. 57:19.

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