Paul concludes this Chapter 2 of Ephesians with very persuasive words for the Ephesian Christians. They are all indeed part of the family of God! Gentiles are no longer considered aliens but full members in God’s house. This house of God is built on Jesus, as the builders would say, He is the chief cornerstone of the church and it is filled with His Holy Spirit. The faith of those before us, the apostles and prophets, are solidly at the foundational level of this building called God’s church. All believers in Jesus add levels to the ‘building’ God is building with us. Paul also wants us to know that no one is without family, all belong with the Father through faith in Jesus.
Ephesians 2:19-23 “So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. 20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. 22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.”
I am sure that Paul’s letter was a great relief to the leader’s of the Ephesian church as Paul tried to settle the issue of differences, entitlement, arrogance and snobbery. We are all one in God’s church and Jesus is our foundation. Praise God! I love this message and have been a part of several Interdenominational Bible Studies for many years. I love the community of believers and the strength of the gospel message that we are all believers in the same cross, the same Lord and the same Spirit. Paul’s message brings unity to believers and open handedness among believers.
Who can you reach out to today with an open heart of love and acceptance? Because Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, we are united in Christ as He is our foundation and chief cornerstone.