Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 2:19-22

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone.” (Ephesians 2:19,20)

We now come to the summary verses of this chapter.  Paul has told us what our condition was before we became Christians — separated from Christ, alienated from the people of God, strangers to the promises of God, without hope and without God in the world (v. 12).  Think of the terrible state we were in — lost, hopeless, and separated from God and from HIs people.  But God acted!  He came to our rescue!  He loved us so much that He sent His own Son into this hostile world to save us.  “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (v. 13).

The gospel is about a change in our status.  We were once strangers and aliens.  “Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (I Peter 2:10).  Now that Christ has redeemed us, we become united with Him and with His people.  All the promises of God apply to us and we now are a people of hope who have God with them in the world.  And we become part of God’s covenant community — the Church.

The rest of chapter two defines what the Church is.  Paul compares it to a kingdom, in which we are fellow citizens with the saints (v. 19b).  He calls it the household of God, in which we are members of God’s family (v. 19c).  And He describes it as a holy temple, in which we are being built up to be a habitation for God vs. 20-22).  We once were outside of the Church of Jesus Christ, but now we belong to it.  Our status has changed because of the work of Jesus, who brought us near to God by His precious blood and made us a part of His covenant community.

Lord Jesus, thank You for coming after me.  Thank You for delivering me from the domain of darkness and bringing me into fellowship with God and for making me a part of Your people.  Thank You that my status has changed.  I once was a stranger and alien, but now I am a fellow citizen with the saints and a member of the household of God.


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