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Outsiders Invited In
10/24/2013Posted by on
Please read Ephesians 2: 11-22 in your favorite translation.
We were once pagans and foreigners. However, the subtitle in my Bible for these verses reads: “One in Christ.”. That means Christ’s coming, His life, His sacrificial death has changed everything for us. We are now permitted into the communion that once only the Trinity experienced.
Speaking to the Ephesians here Paul explains the essence of how we become a part of the body of Christ in chapter 2:8 – 9. We, by grace and through faith receive Jesus as the Son of God who died for our sins.
Verses 11 and following explains that we were once of the uncircumcised–outside the gate, cut off, not able to see, not invited, without hope and alienated from the commonwealth of Israel. This was our state before we are invited to partake in the way described in Eph. 2:8 & 9.
We were strangers to the covenants of promise. But now all has changed. The world is turned upside down. We, the uncircumcised, brought near to all the promises spoken under the Old Covenant. The promises opened up to us by the blood of Christ. He brought down the dividing wall that separated the uncircumcised from all the hope, from being on the outside.
Both “men”, circumcised and uncircumcised, have become one new man through Christ’s work. Now we are citizens of a heavenly Kingdom. No longer alien and foreigner but brother. We have a great heritage where we had no heritage before. Your heritage and foundation is the same as any other believer in the Messiah. Your heritage includes the prophets, the apostles, the life of Christ, His Words to us and more. The new man that the Trinity created has become the new “Temple,” a temple not made with hands. We are the dwelling place of God through His Spirit who lives in us.
In this we rejoice! How does that strike you? Positively or negatively? Does it stir any emotions? What about deep desires–does it speak to your heart in a deep way? What is the application in your life? What support do you need to apply what you have learned from Ephesians 2 to your life?
Let me know, I’d love to support you any way I can.