abolished [katargeo] in [en] his [autos] flesh [sarx] the enmity, [echthra] even the law [nomos] of
commandments [entole] contained in [en] ordinances; [dogma] for to [hina] make [ktizo] in [en] himself [heautou] of twain [duo] one [eis][heis] new [kainos] man, [anthropos] so making [poieo] peace; [eirene]
abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained
in ordinances, that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus
establishing peace, NASB
Abolished in His flesh, is a reference to the work of Christ in His physical body, during those thirty-three and a half years that He spent in this world as a man. Jesus Christ lived a perfect life. No man in history has been able to do that, or will ever be able to do that.
Jesus came into this world a man. Jesus Christ is simultaneously God. He is the unique person of the universe, and there is no one to compare with Him.
Adam and Eve lived in the Garden but failed, despite the fact that the Garden was a perfect environment, without pressures of any kind. Jesus lived in a world full of pressures and temptations, and did not fail. Jesus lived at the very least, as long as Adam did in the Garden and perhaps longer, otherwise we would have a recorded complaint from Satan that this trial of life for Jesus was not adequate or comparable.
Jesus by living the perfect life, abolished the Mosaic Law, by keeping it with perfect precision. The Mosaic Law was written by Moses about 1500 years earlier and was subsequently diluted with volumes of regulations that evolved into the Judaism law of works.
The Mosaic Law demonstrated that man cannot live the perfect life, but reveals that man is weak and sinful. The Mosaic Law demonstrates that man cannot think perfect thoughts, cannot intend prefect intentions, cannot function within the boundaries of a perfect pattern of life. The Mosaic Law proves that man is a total failure and therefore cannot rise to perfection by means of his own thoughts or efforts.
The two is a reference to the man of flesh and the man of the spirit. Jesus brought both of these together by means of His life of perfection and by means of His spiritual work on the Cross.
No person in history can accomplish this result, other than Christ.
But this 'new' man means more than a transformed person, but is a reference to a new creation, a new species.
This is a new spiritual species that God created in us, through Christ. This therefore will lead to the abolishment of Jew and Gentile, of male and female, of the many classifications of people that this world has categorized us all into. This eliminates prejudice, bias, favoritism and all tendencies to tilt the table in favor of some and not for others.
The playing field of life is leveled in the spiritual life and everyone has an equal chance for salvation, for spiritual growth, for spiritual reward beyond the imagination.
The world loads the dice against everyone sooner or later, and most never get a break. But the spiritual life favors no one and gives all a fair, a more than fair, opportunity for phenomenal success. Only the individual can ruin his own chances by ignoring the opportunities God offers.
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