The Household of God

Ephesians 2: 19. “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God:”

Someone taught me years ago that whenever you see the word therefore in the Bible, you need to look back and see what it’s there for.

So I did.  In this verse, it refers to the previous teachings that because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, there is no difference between the Jew and the Gentile.  His blood has made us all one family, with access to God through the Holy Spirit.  That middle wall of partition is gone.  We are all God’s children when we come to Him for salvation by grace through faith.

Paul is working very hard to drive this point home in these past several verses.  No difference.  One in Christ.  The Church encompasses Jew, Greek, male, female, bond, free.  Women are no longer excluded and restricted to their own section in the church.  Slaves don’t have to sit in the balcony.   We are one in Christ Jesus.

 

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