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I have written in the past about how the NLT does such a great job with Isaiah 53, making it more understandable than any other translation I have read. Today, I would like to point out how the TNIV has clarified in my mind a section of Ephesians 2 like never before. I checked several translations, and they all seem to be muddy in this section, except for the TNIV and the NRSV.

I will go through it a bit at a time in the TNIV and show you my thoughts as I read:

11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)—

“The circumcision”, that’s the Jews…

12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ,

…Gentiles…

excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.

Yes, the Gentiles were that way, and still are without Christ…

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Jesus has brought the Gentiles close to God just like the Jews…

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace,

The two who are made one are the Jews and the Gentiles. We are all one in Christ Jesus…

16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.

one body…not Jesus’ physical body but the one body made up of Jews and Gentiles. He put us together as one body and reconciled us both, in that one body, to God…

17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

Were is the operative word, we were far away, and the Jews were near. But in Christ we both are together and near.

18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Yes, both…

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers,

from each other, that is, Jews and Gentiles…

but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household,

Jews and Gentiles together…

20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Jews and Gentiles together in one body, the Church, with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone!

I never saw that truth before in this passage. The Holy Spirit used the TNIV rendering to illuminate that truth to my mind. (after all these years!)

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