“You are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:19–22, NIV 1984).
“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:14–16, NIV 1984).
My Musings – We are no longer foreigners, we are citizens of His Kingdom. No longer aliens, but members of the household of believers. This we became when we accepted Christ as Savior (justification). In the secular world we would call it “naturalization,” the admittance of a foreigner to the citizenship of a country. In the spiritual world, there is nothing natural about it. It is supernatural, attributed to some “force” beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature.
In Him, we are being built (sanctification) together (community). Spiritual growth works best in community, the geographic (visible) church. When we were foreigners and aliens, we were outside the body of believers, the universal (invisible) Church. We could not be “joined together” any more than oil and water can. For what fellowship can light have with darkness? Like aliens, we could live amongst the community, but not be of the community.
As citizens of the Kingdom, members of the body, being built together, we will eventually “grow up into Him.” For “we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2, NIV 1984). This is glorification.
My Advice – If you are not yet a citizen of the Kingdom, it is open to all. There are no “walls” preventing your entering in other than those of your own construction. Why not “apply” for citizenship today?
If you are are citizen of the Kingdom, but are not associated with a local body of believers (a church), you are not enjoying the full benefits of being a member of the body (The Church). Why not “join” one today?
Today’s musing was inspired by Worship and Youth Pastor Nate Miller’s sermon on February 16, 2020. Check it out at https://www.fbcsycamore.com/sermons. If you live in or are visiting the area, come and join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. We’d love to be partners in the Gospel with you.