This is the work of the cross--that he might create in himself of the two one new man
Does this mean the house of Judah and the house of Israel are now combined into one new man, and that man is Ephraim, formerly known as the Gentile, the double portioned one, who gets not only the birthright blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but the sceptor of Judah, now both king and priest, the Israel of God in Christ?
My understanding of this is that the one new man is jew+gentile. The breaking down of the wall is between jew and gentile, so why would then the one new man be different? This is part of the revelation of the mystery, that no longer are the gentiles grafted in to the commonwealth of Israel, but the one new man is created, IMO
Do you have a scripture reference to support the idea that the gentile believers are no longer grafted in to the commonwealth of Israel?
He says some wonderful things here, but then I think he takes a wrong turn. Don't forget the meaning of the word, Israel, he will rule as God.
You can't throw out the whole Old Testament. But, I listed here some of the things he said that I like. It's a beautiful teaching, and shows what God planned all along.
The Father no longer reckons us as being part of the Family of Man (Israelites or Gentiles). We are now accounted to be the very members of the Family of God in heaven and sitting (legally) on the same throne as Christ at God's right hand in heaven (Ephesians 2:6). This now gives each of us a divine status.
The central teaching of "the Mystery" is that all Christians have Christ in them and conversely that all Christians are also in Christ. Being "in Christ" now places us in a very high position within the heavenlies.
"In whom [in Christ] also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ."
So, when Christ was circumcised as a baby of eight days, you and I — male or female makes no difference for this is a religious and legal principle being discussed — were also reckoned as being circumcised in the eyes of the Father at the same time. That circumcision of Christ was imputed to each of us because we were then "in Christ" and He "in us."
Indeed, after Christ's birth we continued in a legal sense to be "in Christ" for the next thirty years, until the time of His baptism by John the Baptist. And what happened then according to Paul? That is when we were "buried with him in baptism" (Colossians 2:12). The truth is, Paul was telling the Colossians (and all of us) that when John the Baptist was baptizing Christ for sins, it was not Christ's sins that were being washed away, because He had none personally. It was our sins being washed away which were then being carried by Christ. Since we were then "in Christ," we were accounted by the Father as being personally baptized when John baptized Christ.
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me."
This means that when Christ died by crucifixion, the Father also imputed Christ's death to all of us. We died with Him since God then made us to be "in Christ." When Christ died, all of us legally died with him (2 Corinthians 5:14) as a substitute for each of us individually in the world. But it does not end there.
When Christ was risen from the dead three days later, we were, in a legal sense, also risen from the dead with Him! As Paul taught,
"If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God."
That is right! When Christ was risen from the dead, the Father legally reckoned that we also rose from the dead at that time. Not only that, since after death all people are destined to be resurrected and go to the judgment (Hebrews 9:27–28), so likewise Christ went through a judgment after His death and passed through His judgment triumphantly. And what did the Father do with Christ after He passed His judgment with only perfect obedience and no sins on His records? The Father told Christ to come forward and sit on His right hand.
You and I were "in Christ" at that time also. In the eyes of the Father each of us went triumphantly with Christ through the judgment and sat down with Him on the right hand of the Father Himself. You and I were "in Christ" at that time and are presently sitting in Christ (in a legal sense at this moment) on that very throne. Paul said,
"[God] has quickened us together [made us alive together] with Christ (by grace are you saved), and has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."
Our only mediator is Christ and we are presently reckoned to be in Him. Since Christ is the firstborn, each of us "in Christ" is now called a firstborn one (Hebrews 12:23 where the word "firstborn" is plural in the original). God has no "secondborn" children.
We are all reckoned (as is Christ) firstborn children in the eyes of the Father because — once again — we are all "in Christ." This gives us the same divine status now enjoyed by our Lord Himself. True, the Father and Christ will always have superiority over us for many reasons, but we are still destined to be the very members of the Family of God as Christ is now the firstborn Son of God. This is what salvation "in Christ" means. Salvation is not to be a spiritual "Israelite," it is to be a part of the Deity.
It is to become a part of God. This is what "the Mystery" teaches.
Our ultimate destiny is to become glorified divine Children of God with the same glory that the Father and Christ have now. And this dheaven.estiny was given to us when we were saved "in Christ" even from before the foundation of the physical cosmos (2 Timothy 1:9). That is how long God and Christ have loved and cared for us. We are destined to be in the very Godhead...
When people read in the New Testament of those who may not make it into their inheritance (and there are many such verses), it always refers to the "Kingdom phase" of salvation, NOT SALVATION ITSELF! Indeed, salvation is absolutely secured to the human race through the works and efforts of Jesus Christ. All men will indeed be saved (1 Timothy 2:4), but Paul said the totality of mankind will only be granted a salvation "in its own seasons" (1 Timothy 2:6, see original Greek). God awards His salvation at various times.