July 22, 2012am   Foreigners, Aliens,  and Fellow Citizens  Ephesians 2:11-23

by Ron George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist church


Are we all together in Christ?
Ephesians 2:11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

  1. There is war and a separation:  This is the spiritual problem. 
    1. Sin,  evil, and death vs. right, goodness, and life. 
    2. Separation from God v. united with God and life.
    3. Separation  from others who could encourage, help, and love.  People step up for each other and reach out to help when the need arises.  Instead of running away from problems. 
    4. Separation withine the family of God.  People who don’t love each other in their churches and churches who have never thought about helping another church.  This is the circumcised v. the uncircumcised. 
    5. Sin, selfish, and greed causes to only consider ourselves and not  others as Jesus did. 

 

  1. There is Peace for all.  There is a conflict within ourselves and with each other. 
  2. Peace with God:  all have access to the Father by one Spirit.
  3. Peace to the far away
  4. Peace to the near
  5. Peace with each other..  together with each other.  Helping each other. 
  6. Peace within ourselves.  Quiet confidence of a future and a hope.  There is a heaven that will bring us all together. 
  1. There is Unity with the Lord. 
    1. He brings people together in one Lord, one Faith, and one Baptism
    2. He brings a church together to work together in one body of the Lord.  This is why we continue to call for church membership.  This is the decision we make to ourselves and to the others of the body.
    3. There is Unity within the community of Faith who reaches out as one.
    4. There is one temple and one God who dwells in all of His people. 
    5. The peace we have In Christ brings us together in Him.  He is the cornerstone.
    6. We can work with the Lord and with all who call on His name.

 

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (Eph 2:11-22). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.