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When the Wall Came Tumbling Down

Article by Bill Petri

 

The key to "Rightly Dividing the Word of truth" is the "Middle Wall of Partition."

Ephes. 2:11-18

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; [12] That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: [13] But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. [14] For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; [15] Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; [16] And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: [17] And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. [18] For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Hence, we see from the above passage, the "middle wall of partition" is a separation of man by God. It is very important to understand this separation if we are to understand dispensationalism. We cannot "rightly divide" the scriptures if we do not understand the division that God created to separate Israel from the Gentile.

When we read Genesis 11:1-8, and Genesis 12:1-3, we see that God went from dealing with the whole world to dealing with a nation that would result from Abraham. We know this nation as Israel. What the "middle wall of partition" would do is to create a Separation of the Jew in every aspect of life from a Gentile. Israel would be separated from the Gentiles in the land they were to command.

Leviticus 20:22-24

Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out. [23] And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them. [24] But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the Lord your God, which have separated you from other people.

Deut. 7:1-3

When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; [2] And when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them: [3] Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.

Ezra 9:10-12

And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments, [11] Which thou hast commanded by thy servants the prophets, saying, The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with their uncleanness. [12] Now therefore give not your daughters unto their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons, nor seek their peace or their wealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children for ever.

The nation of Israel was to be separated from every other nation on earth. She was to be their ruler and receive tribute from the Gentiles. A careful reading of Isaiah leaves no doubt about this fact. Consider the following verse:

1 Kings 8:53

For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord God.

The "middle wall" was prevalent in the Jews religion to separate Israel from the Gentile because of the following facts:

1.) Israel had the law

Romans 3:1-2

What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? [2] Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

2.) Israel has the priesthood

Exodus 19:6

And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

Exodus 28:1

And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons.

3.) Israel had the prophets

Jeremiah 35:13-15

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the Lord. [14] The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father's commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me. [15] I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me.

4.) All other nations had to approach God through Israel, the Kingdom of priests.

Exodus 19:5-6

Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: [6] And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

Isaiah 60:1-3

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. [2] For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. [3] And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

The Apostle Paul leaves no doubt as to the privileged position of Israel:

Romans 9:4-5

Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; [5] Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

We see that when the "Middle Wall of Partition" is up, all of God's dealings with man are channelled through the nation of Israel. When the wall comes down, God begins to deal with the church of this dispensation, the Body of Christ (reread Ephesians 2:11-18). This is important because salvation would not be through Israel, but it would now be a personal one - to - one relationship between God and man. If any part of the wall is up, then man has to go through God's prescribed instructions, which would put us back under the law, and have us join ourselves with the nation of Israel. Hence, the "middle wall of partition" cannot be up and down, at the same time. If we can determine the point that the "middle wall" comes down we will have "rightly divided the word of truth." Furthermore, we will also determine the point that God is communicating what it is He wants us to be accountable to --- in the Body of Christ. This is important in light of what we saw last chapter.

The question we must now ask is: "When did the "middle wall of partition" come down?" The vast majority of Christendom will say it came down during Jesus' ministry, or Peter's ministry at Pentecost. Are they correct or did it come down at a different point? We shall devote the rest of this chapter to answering this question.

Did God change His dealings with mankind when Jesus came to earth? In order to determine this, we need to see what the scriptures record for us about Jesus' earthly ministry. Jesus was born under the law, and lived under the law and it's authority.

Galatians 4:4-5

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, [5] To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Matthew 5:17

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

The law (Mosaic) was one of the items which separated Israel from the Gentile nations. Hence, the very fact that Jesus walked on this planet does not mean that the "middle wall of partition" came down with His presence. In fact, the above would lead us to believe the opposite. Moreover, it would appear that the wall was still up. We need to investigate further.

Our second point we need to consider is the fact that Jesus ministered to the nation of Israel during His earthly ministry. He refused to minister to the Gentiles unless they would become subservient to Israel.

Matthew 15:24

But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Romans 9:4-5

Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; [5] Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

Not only did Jesus refuse to minister to the Gentiles unless they became subservient to Israel, He told His Apostles to do the same thing.

Matthew 10:5-6

These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: [6] But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Hence, the Gentiles were blessed by Jesus only when they realized their position of subservience to the nation of Israel.

Matthew 15:23-28

But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. [24] But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. [25] Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. [26] But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. [27] And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. [28] Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Luke 7:1-5

Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. [2] And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. [3] And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. [4] And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: [5] For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.

Surely, Jesus' closing instructions would change all of this. After all, that is our "Great Commission, isn't it?

Matthew 28:16-20

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. [17] And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. [18] And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. [19] Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

What had Jesus commanded them to do? Jesus taught them to obey and keep the law. Rather than freeing anyone from the law, the Lord Jesus Christ instructs the Apostles to keep the law with His closing instructions. Furthermore, He instructs them to teach the Gentiles how to keep the law. Just what had the Lord commanded them that they were taught to observe?

Matthew 5:19

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

The Gentiles can only find salvation through those of Israel that are being sent. This is not salvation apart from Israel, but rather, it is salvation through her. Remember, the Apostles were to sit on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel (Luke 22:29-30). This is who is being sent in Matthew 28, as it is in all the other accounts of Jesus' closing instructions.

Israel still clearly had a place of privilege before God during Jesus' earthly ministry, and after He had given the Apostles the Great Commission. Hence, it is clear that the "middle wall of partition" is still up during Jesus' ministry.

Did the "middle wall of partition" come down on the Day of Pentecost with Peter in Acts 2? The Day of Pentecost was a Jewish Feast Day (Leviticus 23:15-22). The audience and speaker are all Jewish.

Acts 2:5

And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

Acts 2:14

But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

Acts 2:22

Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

Peter himself was one of the men sent to Israel. Furthermore, everything that happened at Pentecost was in fulfilment of Old Testament prophecy concerning Israel. A careful reading of Joel 2:28-32, compared with Peter's words in Acts 2:15-21 leaves little doubt that these events are in fulfilment of Old Testament prophecy. These verses are very clear that Peter is referring to the last days of prophecy, not the first days of the church. Hence, the church in Acts 2 had existed before the Day of Pentecost, because it was added to, not "born", "created", or "formed."

Acts 2:41

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

The message in early Acts is targeted specifically to the nation of Israel.

Acts 5:30-32

The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. [31] Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. [32] And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

Furthermore, they had no personal possessions in fulfilment of Jesus' commands that He gave to His Apostles in His departing instructions. In the light of His instructions to teach others to obey all things He commanded, consider the following verses.:

Matthew 19:16-21

And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? [17] And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. [18] He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, [19] Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. [20] The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? [21] Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

It would be beneficial to now look at what the Apostles were doing and teaching at Pentecost and early Acts.

Acts 2:44-45

And all that believed were together, and had all things common; [45] And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

Acts 4:34-37

Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, [35] And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need. [36] And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, [37] Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

If this is how the Body of Christ is to function, then anyone who owns property is acting contrary and against the Lord's closing instructions and the dictates of the Apostles in early Acts. Hence, it is clear that the "middle wall of partition" is still up. Peter's ministry is a ministry to Israel only.

Galatians 2:7

But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

Galatians 2:9

And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

Therefore, the "middle wall of partition" had to come into existence after Peter's ministry. We shall see that the Body of Christ begins with the Apostle Paul, and it is through his ministry that "the middle wall of partition" comes down. It is also very important to note that James, Cephas, and John ended the great commission by limiting themselves to Israel only. Only Paul's ministry will be targeted at Gentiles, and Israel only secondarily. Consider the purpose of Paul's ministry:

Acts 9:15-16

But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: [16] For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

Acts 13:46

Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

Acts 18:5-6

And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. [6] And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.

Acts 28:28

Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.

Romans 11:13

For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

Paul is not one of the 12, nor is he an extension of the 12. His Apostleship is to a different group of people altogether. He is sent forth to Gentiles, apart from a regenerated Israel. Paul also by divine inspiration says unequivocally that the Body of Christ begins with him, and that he, and no one else is our pattern for salvation.

1 Tim. 1:16

Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

This verse is clear. If we received salvation after Paul, the Apostle Paul is the pattern. Hence, Paul reveals brand new truth that was never before revealed to man.

Galatians 1:11-12

But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. [12] For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Romans 16:25-26

Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, [26] But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

Ephes. 3:1-6

For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, [2] If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to youward: [3] How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, [4] Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) [5] Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; [6] That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

Col. 1:25-27

Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; [26] Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: [27] To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

In order for God to deal with the Body of Christ, the "middle wall of partition" had to be down (Ephesians 2:11-18). Therefore, salvation is no longer through Israel, but is actually apart from Israel.

Galatians 3:26-29

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. [27] For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. [28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. [29] And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 6:14-15

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. [15] For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision (Israel) availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision (Gentile), but a new creature (Body of Christ).

Galatians 2:1-3

Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. [2] And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain. [3] But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:

We also need to note that salvation during Paul's ministry is apart from the Law -- one of the items which separated Israel from everyone else.

Romans 3:28

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Romans 6:14

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Col. 2:14

Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Therefore, Paul is the Apostle to the Gentiles. It is Paul (not Peter, the other 11, or Jesus Christ) who then becomes our pattern to follow. Please note that we follow Christ as Paul followed Christ.

1 Cor. 4:16-17

Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. [17] For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.

1 Cor. 11:1

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Philip. 3:17

Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

Philip. 4:9

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Romans 11:13

For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

Romans 15:16

That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

God's Word does reveal that in the future the "middle wall of partition" will go back up, and God will once again begin dealing with and through the nation of Israel. The day is coming when Israel replaces the Body of Christ as God's tool of reconciliation, and all of God's promises to Israel will then be fulfilled (read Romans 11:17-32). At this time, all of the unfulfilled Old Testament prophecies concerning Israel's earthly kingdom will be fulfilled (please read the following verses to see this: Revelation 19:11-16; 20:4-6). The event which signals the beginning of God's renewed dealing with Israel will be the rapture of the Body of Christ.

1 Thes. 4:13-18

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. [14] For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. [15] For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. [16] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: [17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. [18] Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Col. 3:1-4

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. [2] Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. [3] For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. [4] When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

1 Cor. 15:51-52

Behold, I shew you a mystery; (a mystery, hence part of the information given to the Apostle Paul that was not made known before him) We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, [52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Hence, the Body of Christ, is made up of all those who have been saved under God's "mystery" program as revealed to and through the Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Colossians 1:18), but does not include those saved under God's "prophetic" program (those who were saved in the prophetic program became members of God's earthly Kingdom program). The mission of the church is set forth by the Apostle Paul.

2 Cor. 5:14-21

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: [15] And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. [16] Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. [17] Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. [18] And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; [19] To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. [20] Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. [21] For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

The destiny of the church is to appear at the judgement seat of Christ when we shall meet Him in the air (the rapture), and then to reign with Jesus Christ in the heavenlies.

2 Cor. 5:9-11

Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. [10] For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

[11] Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

Ephes. 1:17-23

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: [18] The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, [19] And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, [20] Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, [21] Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: [22] And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, [23] Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

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