No longer strangers and foreigners but fellow citizens with God's people (Ephesians 2:11-22)Jim Griffiths, 5th May 2019
Part of the Ephesians series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Before and after contrasts:
1. Before and after meeting with Jesus.
2. Cut off from God and without hope, but in Jesus brought back
3. The Cross deals with our hostility
4. We are given peace with God and with each other.
5. The ceremonial law kept the Gentiles out.
6. In Jesus that hostility comes to an end. This is for all people
7. At the Cross the ground is level
8. A new humanity is created, united with Jesus.
a. Fellow citizens with God's people.
b. Members of God's family. God is our Father. We are all brothers and sisters together.
c. Being made into God's temple where God lives.
d. The foundation is God's Word. We dare not tamper with it
e. Jesus is the cornerstone
f. It is an ongoing work.
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Ephesians 2:11–22 (Listen)
11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands—12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.