New American Bible (Revised Edition)
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)Read full chapter
- 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.
- 2:15 One new person: a corporate body, the Christian community, made up of Jews and Gentiles, replacing ancient divisions; cf. Rom 1:16.