When Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus, he addressed ” Gentiles ” ( non Jews believer ) who are now Christians in Ephesians 2: 19 – 22. He wanted them to remember their previous condition before their “ conversion “, to provoke gratitude to God who brought them near ” the blood of Christ “. In that context he said: “ Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers ( one who is strange, foreign, or unknown specifically ) and foreigners ( one not native in the country or jurisdiction under consideration… ), but fellow citizens ( one who enjoys the freedom and privileges of a city ) with the saints and members of the Household of God ” ( Ephesians 2: 19 ). The words ” now ” and ” longer ” bring attention to their new, changed status as “ members of the Household of God “. Because of the blood of Christ, their active faith in obedience to the Gospel changed their status, their perception, their character. What a cause of joy, gratitude and continued obedience to praise, fellowship & worship! They were now citizens in the Kingdom and identified with others who enjoyed the same relationship with God. If you are a member of the Household or family, this declaration of Paul, should renew your gratefulness to God and your daily devotion enlighten to Him.
The stability of the Building therefore, depends upon the foundation ( Ephesians 2: 20 ); Affirms the House of God to be built on the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ, Himself being the chief cornerstone; Not only can we rejoice that we have been accepted as a member of God’s House, we can know that the House is well-built and will stand forever. The Household of God was built on, and stands today on Jesus Christ ” The way, the truth, and the life ” ( John 14: 6 ) – Furthermore, “ For God has already placed Jesus Christ as the one and only foundation, and no other foundation can be laid ” 1 Corinthians 3: 11
The Household of God is well-built, unlike the “ nations and institutions of the world of men “. The whole Building is fitted together, from the beginning to the end, at the conception of the creation, and ” grows into a holy temple in the Lord ( Ephesians 2: 21 ). There is no reason at all, for a member to FEAR the collapse of the House!” It is true, individual members may walk out or misbehaved; We must guard as “ steward of the Word ” against any attitudes or actions that would lead us out of God’s House.
( Psalms 27: 4 ” I have asked the Lord for one thing; one thing only do I want: to live in the Lord’s House all my life, to marvel there at his goodness, and to ask for His guidance. “).
There is NO justification to FEAR that the Building ” will be destroyed, or that God will misplace us ” ( 2 Timothy 2: 19 ). Structural integrity is assured by the ” Builder “.