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SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

 

The Gracious Forming Of Spiritual Israel and The Local Assembly: Ephesians 2:19-22

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

The grace of God extends far past the initial salvation experience, and continues on throughout the life of the Christian.   In our text, we find Gentiles, or anyone who is saved, possess these blessings described as a “fellowcitizen”.  This term means to share common citizenship of a town, nation or other organized, governed body.  This set of blessings is granted to believers in two, or perhaps three, forms…

First of all, “fellowcitizens with the saints” clearly is speaking of membership into spiritual Israel.
Secondly, “fellowcitizens of the household of God” is promise of access to the local assembly (the Lord’s body, His earthly dwelling place for worship).
Thirdly, perhaps there is one other type of shared membership that could be referenced in this passage.    That is membership into the family of God.

Please note the similarities found in all three of these divinely established organizations… The blessing of shared citizenship in a town or other body implies a three-fold blessing of membership, fellowship and unity of the saints with the Lord and each other.

 

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

A very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The gracious blessing of membership in divine organizations – 19
II.        The foundation of these organzations – 20
III.        The purpose of these organizations  – 21-22

 

EXPOSITION:

In this morning’s devotional, Paul describes Christ’s gracious blessing of membership in organizations that He has founded… 

(Ephesians 2:19)  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

 

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners,
Both physical and spiritual Gentiles, who have graciously been recipients of salvation from their sins, have also been graciously brought into fellowship with the Lord and other saints.  No longer can they be said to be:
1.  “strangers” (aliens, those who do not belong) nor can they be said to be
2.  “foreigners” (traveler, one who lives outside)

Bringing Gentiles into a lasting relationship with the Lord and other saints is accomplished by giving access to three divinely established organizations….

 

but fellowcitizens with the saints,
1.  This phrase is describing becoming members of the spiritual nation of Israel (the Israel of God).
The Lord has established a spiritual nation of Israel that will long surpass any physical nation that exists on earth.  This spiritual nation can be characterized as:
a.  sharing a common lineage – (Romans 4:9-16, Galatians 3:7-12)
b.  sharing a common convenant – (Galatians 3:14-18)
c.  sharing a common land (New Jersualem) – (Revelation 21:1-5)

Once saved, we all gain citizenship in this nation and share in the heritage, promises and land of Israel throughout eternity… (Romans 11:16-32)

 

and of the household of God;
2.  The phrase “the household of God” is describing the Lord’s local churches on earth. Please note the same Greek root word of “household” is used in 1 Tim 3:15 “house of God”, clearly speaking of the Lord’s local churches on earth.
Membership in the local assembly is offered to all who are saved, if they have made a public profession of their faith (baptism) (Acts 2:41).  As members of the body of Christ, members of the local assembly share in:
a.  caring for one another (1 Cor 12:7-31)
b.  serving the Lord by fulfilling the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20)
c.  experiencing a heightened form of worship as God meets with them in a special way. (Matthew 18:20)

3.  However, this phrase can also be speaking of “the family of God”.  In Gals 6:9-10 “the household of faith” is used to describe the family of God which is made up of all who are saved.
A part of the salvation experience involves becoming adopted members of the family of God (Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:5).  As such, they share:
a.  love for one another (1 Pet 1:21-23)
b.  God as their Heavenly Father. (Gals 4:5-6)
c.  a heavenly inheritance given to all the saints of God. (Roms 8:13-17)

 

APPLICATION:

Membership in Spiritual Israel, the Family of God and the Local Church, are gracious blessings from the Lord. All 3 of these divine organizations were given to those who were no longer strangers and foreigners.  This was done to enhance their newly acquired relationship with the Lord and with others who are saved.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!  

 

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4 Comments

  1. Terry says:

    Thanks so much Rob for helping me get through each day

  2. SLIMJIM says:

    To think that God’s temple is excluded for Gentiles and the Holy of Holies from even most Jews, now God has made us His household…

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