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Ephesians 2:14-16

For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it.

  • http://outshine-the-sun.blogspot.com/ Andrew G.

    He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances

    vs. Matthew:

    Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfil. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.

    Gotta love the consistency. One wonders what other theological disputes were going on that ended up, devoid of context, in the surviving NT texts.

    Ephesians and Matthew probably weren’t very far apart in time (Ephesians is deutero-Pauline, and believed to date most likely from some decades after the authentic Paulines, putting it within a decade either way of the most likely range of dates for the composition of Matthew) but most likely came from quite different sects.


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