As St. Paul continues his letter of encouragement to the Christians in Ephesus, he basically confirms that what God said in our Old Testament Lesson has been fulfilled. Gentiles, who had been driven away from God by the Jews who practiced a religion of exclusion instead of inclusion, have now been brought to God by the blood sacrifice of that great shepherd of the sheep, Jesus. Furthermore, since Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, Gentiles who believe in Jesus have the exact same status as Jews who believed in a coming Messiah in Old Testament days and now believe in Jesus in this New Testament period. So Jesus brought peace with God to the Jews (those who were “near”), and also to the Gentiles (those who are “far off”), making the two groups fellow citizens and legitimate children of the same household of God. In addition, with Jesus being the cornerstone, the Old Testament saints based on the foundation of the prophets, and the New Testament saints based on the foundation of the apostles, are being built into a temple, a dwelling place for God Himself.
Read Ephesians 2:11-22
How does knowing you are a believer in Christ offer you comfort in your daily life? (v.13)
Verse 19. What does being a citizen of heaven mean?
How does the fact that we are citizens of heaven affect how we interact with others around us?
Who are the one or two people in your life that you can help remind that they are a loved child of God?
Who in your life right now could you reach out to and grab coffee, bring them dinner or just write a card of encouragement? Just a small act that would show them you are there and a part of their life?