I’m now blogging about chapter nineteen of my book. Peace is what we desire in our lives and peace is what we often ask for. Ephesians 2.14 can be quoted for its value in discussing peace. Yet, we can see that this verse has nothing to do with the “feeling” of peace.
When looking at this verse, a lot of people see the discussion of the cross in 2.16 automatically points to the direction of peace between God and humans. Yet, if we look closely, the author was not talking about peace between God and human in 2.14 at all. The book context is important to determine the meaning.
Besides book context, we have to also look at how people in the first century construe peace. Would the word “peace” evoke the idea of a psychological state? In all the words associated with psychological state in that world, peace was probably not one of them. In many cases, peace was a political word (e.g. Pax Romana).
As I always say, the texts are not at fault. The interpreter is!