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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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Ephesians 2:15

Having abolished (katarghsav).
First aorist active participle of katargew, to make null and void.

The enmity (thn extran).
But it is very doubtful if thn extran (old word from extrov, hostile, Luke 23:12) is the object of katarghsav. It looks as if it is in apposition with to mesotoixon and so the further object of lusav. The enmity between Jew and Gentile was the middle wall of partition. And then it must be decided whether "in his flesh" (en thi sarki autou) should be taken with lusav and refer especially to the Cross (Colossians 1:22) or be taken with katarghsav. Either makes sense, but better sense with lusav. Certainly "the law of commandments in ordinances (ton nomon twn entolwn en dogmasin) is governed by katarghsav.

That he might create (ina ktishi).
Final clause with first aorist active subjunctive of ktizw.

The twain (touv duo).
The two men (masculine here, neuter in verse 14), Jew and Gentile.

One new man (eiv ena kainon antrwpon).
Into one fresh man (Colossians 3:9-11) "in himself" (en autwi). Thus alone is it possible.

Making peace (poiwn eirhnhn).
Thus alone can it be done. Christ is the peace-maker between men, nations, races, classes.

 


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Ephesians 2:15". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=eph&chapter=002&verse=015>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.

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