Friday, June 24, 2011

Members of the Household of God



“Members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19)

Have you ever considered what goes into being a member of the household of God? Have you considered the privilege of being a part of the household of God? In Ephesians 2 we read one of the most beautiful pictures of the gospel and it’s accomplishment in building the true Church. Men, women and children from every tribe, tongue and nation are now able to be “members of the household of God” because of Jesus Christ.

The first ten verses of Ephesians 2 are some of the most glorious verses in all of Scripture. Paul beautifully articulates the gospel speaking of our condition in the flesh:

1. Dead in the trespasses and sins
2. Following the course of this world
3. Following the prince of the power of the air
4. Once lived in the passions of our flesh

Our condition was horrific yet we loved living this way. We loved being slaves to sin. Without knowing our condition we had no problem with the way we lived. Paul then turns the corner of hope when he says, “But God.” Our fleshly condition was bad but there is good news; God is rich in mercy and saves us by his grace. Nothing we could ever do could earn his favor but he graciously opens our eyes to see our sinful state and brings us to himself. Then our condition changes: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (10). God makes us new creatures in Christ where we go from being slaves of sin to his workmanship. Paul is making sure we clearly understand this is how the Lord builds his Church.

Because of verses 1-10 Paul now turns another corner to talk about reconciliation being brought to both Jews and Gentiles through the blood of Christ. The Gentiles are no longer separated from Christ because of uncircumcsion. “In [Christ] also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ” (Col. 2:11). There is no more separation because the gospel is for everyone, both Jew and Gentile. The dividing wall of hostility was taken down because of Christ. Now Christ is building his Church through his saving power. To those who are being transformed by the gospel he says, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” Through Christ we go from being children of wrath to children of the King.

Christian, this should amaze us more than it does. We go from death to life where we will forever be “members of the household of God.” This is a household forever and ever. We are family for life. Ponder the reality that this life is short. We have family members we will never meet until we reach heaven. Then, in bliss, we will worship the risen Lamb for all eternity with our fellow brothers and sisters. This is why we long for the day of Christ’s return. We want to be with him forever with the saints surrounding his throne singing praises to the King of kings and Lord of lords. Until that day we wait eagerly, catching glimpses of eternity, when we join corporately as a body to celebrate Jesus Christ. The gospel has made us “members of the household of God” therefore we are his ambassadors, uniting for one purpose, the glory of God.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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