What great news it is that all believers are united together into a new community focussed on Jesus. Paul explains that this is the ‘mystery’ of the gospel.
Paul reminds his readers that the church is built on the firm foundation of God’s word, that is, the gospel of Jesus Christ. We can only be one in Christ if we are bound together by God’s word.
In fulfilling the law Jesus removes the dividing barriers, allowing all to come to Christ in faith. As we meet together as God’s people we gather to express what Jesus has already done.
If we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus, then what is the place of good works? Paul reminds us that they are the spiritual fruit and evidence of our faith in Jesus.
Paul now turns his focus to us in chapter 2 as the nature of our sinfulness is revealed. The message of the gospel is that it it Jesus who does all of the saving work – a gift to us through grace alone.