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 God’s household.” (Ephesians 2:19)
Paul is describing the Church in terms of a kingdom and a family. We are no longer strangers and aliens. These terms suggest the idea of one who finds himself or herself in a place that is not our own. In Christ, we are citizens with the saints and members of His household.
The Church is like a kingdom. We have a King. He is no ordinary king; He is the King of kings and the Lord or lords. He is the Son of God — the King of heaven. We are His citizens, who are known as saints. We have been set apart by our King and made holy by His blood.
As citizens we have access to our King. The barriers are gone; the veil has been torn in two. We can go straight into His presence. As citizens, we are under the protection of our King. He defends us and provides for us. He fights for us and ultimately gives us the victory.
There is a future glory to this kingdom. We live in the “now” of the kingdom, but there is a “not yet” of it to come. There is a day coming when at the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10,11). He will come again and set up the fullness of His Kingdom.
The Church is also described as a family. We are members of God’s household. God is our Father. Yes, our King is also our Father. He is a gracious and loving Father. Nothing we do will ever separate us from His love. We can call Him, “Abba, Father!” And we have a special relationship with our elder Brother Jesus. We are joint heirs with Him. We have an inheritance waiting for us that is pure and undefiled, reserved in heaven for us. The Church is far more than a building or a denomination; it is made up of God’s people. We are part of God’s family.
We have a new identity. We are no longer strangers and aliens; we are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household!
My Father and my King, I bow before You in awe. You took me in when I was a stranger and alien. You gave me a new identity. I am a fellow citizen with the saints in Your kingdom and a member of Your family. I belong to You. You have bought me with a price and I am no longer my own. It is so comforting to know that You are both my Father and my King.
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