Today we will wrap up chapter 2 of Ephesians and see how we are part of a family and a church.
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.
Paul is telling the Gentiles once they put their faith in Christ, they are no longer foreigners. They are members of God’s family and the same is true for us. Some of us may have had wonderful families growing up and others may not have. Regardless of what our earthly families were like or whether or not we felt loved or felt like we belonged; we belong in the family of God and we are loved by our Heavenly Father. We are part of the Christian heritage that began with the Israelites, God’s chosen people and includes all believers from the time of Jesus until now. How cool is that?
Paul uses the image of a family to describe believers and he also uses the image of a building. Christ is described as the “cornerstone”. In Greek it “literally means the of the angle. It refers to the capstone or building stone that holds the whole structure together. It covered a right angle joining two walls, as Sir Henry Layard found, for example, when excavating Nineveh. Often the royal name was inscribed on it. In the East it was considered to be even more important than the foundation.” If the body of believers is like a building, who better to build a church upon?
22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
Verse 22 takes everything that Paul said in the previous verses and really brings it home and applies it directly to you. When you personalize this verse, it is very powerful. And in him I to am being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his spirit. What does that mean to you? Do you sense His Spirit moving and working in and through you? What does it mean to you to be part of God’s family and part of the Christian heritage? Spend some time reflecting on being part of His family and His church.
- Scripture from http://www.biblegateway.com
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- Quote from “The Expositor’s Bible Commentary”, Vol. 11, Zondervan