Aim: To rejoice in Christ, the spring and source of all shared blessings.
Doctrine: In Christ, Jews and gentiles both partake of shared blessings, which direct us God-ward, together; and which encourage sweet fellowship.
Exegesis: The grace of Christ that makes our shared blessings possible: Jesus fulfills the law: by slaying sin and the ceremonies (v. 16); Jesus fulfills prophecy: by preaching peace to the hearts of churchmen everywhere (v. 17); Jesus fulfills all unity: by granting His whole church access to our (common) Father (v. 18).
Further application: How the church should steward these precious shared blessings: let us live in peace with God and one another, and let us be agents of grace (in God's world).
Key verse: v. 18 ''For through Him [Christ] we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.''
Rev. Mark Henninger received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and he has been Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois for more than 25 years.