The equation works something like this.
( 1 + 1 = 1 ) + 1 = 1
If thoughts can be shaped into math problems, there’s one to ponder.
Here are my musings. Find your copy of Ephesians and check it out for yourself.
Because of the blood of Christ, who is our Peace, Jews and Gentiles have been made into one new man. Think of “man” here as “body.” Jews and Gentiles together, make up the body, that is, the church. Those Gentiles who were far away have been brought near, and now, both Jews and Gentiles have access to God. The walls are torn down. There is no longer division. We are one in Him.
A few verses from Ephesians 1. Read the entirety of the chapter for the broader context. The “you” here is referring to the Gentiles. The “us,” Jews and Gentiles.
For He Himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
And he came and preached peace to you were far off and peace to those who were near.
For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.
Not only did the blood of Christ make Jews and Gentiles one, it made that one one with the One. The church and Christ are one. Just as a husband and wife are one.
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her . . .
. . . just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.
‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and two shall become one flesh.’
This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
( 1 + 1 = 1 ) + 1 = 1
( Jews + Gentiles = His body, the church ) + Christ, the Head = one
One complete person joined together.
One body, with Christ as the Head.
Reconciled to God.
Now this body has life.
For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Eph 5:23
We were separated from Christ. Aliens. Strangers. Without hope. Without God.
Then He made us one body. And the body met the Head.
He brought peace by the blood of His cross.
And we were made one.