November 9th, 2015 marked the 26th anniversary of The Fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1989 an announcement was made over East German TV that the Berlin Wall was destroyed and that people were free to travel into West Germany. What the Germans saw was a broken landmark that used to be a symbol of oppression and brutal division.
The more I travel to churches, the more I am sensing and seeing a change within the Body of Christ. Believers tend to stick together and virtually isolate themselves from nonbelievers and even fellow Christians especially if they do not know them. I have noticed how so many of us only surround ourselves with people whom we feel comfortable around. We tend to feel threatened by the new and unfamiliar.
Don’t we all build walls to keep out the world’s problems as well as our doubts, fears, and secrets? Don’t we hope that the walls will provide us with safety and protection?
The problem with having walls is that they not only keep other people out, but they also keep people locked in; thus, creating alienation and a prison for oneself.
So I want to briefly discuss what the Bible says about dividing walls and how we can build spiritual walls among believers.
Christ broke down the wall of separation between Gentiles and Jews, and became the mediator between Father God and mankind.
“Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” — Ephesians 2:11-13
Christ is our peace and we are reconciled because of His death and resurrection.
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.” — Ephesians 2:14-18
Now Christ, the chief cornerstone, lives in us by the form of Holy Spirit.
”Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” – Ephesians 2:19-22
Believers should encourage and build each other up.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” — Hebrews 10:24-25
The Apostle Paul told the believers to build one another up in faith and love. Friends, we are to have faith in Christ and unity among ourselves. Let’s break down the walls that confined us; instead, let’s reach out to one another in peace, harmony, and friendship.