Ephesians 2:19-20 (JDV)
Ephesians 2:19 So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the devotees, and God’s household members,1
Ephesians 2:20 built on the foundation of the missionaries and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone –
Foreigners and strangers were those who lived in Israel but were not part of the covenant community. They were protected by the Mosaic law, and citizens were urged to show care for them, but they were not integrated into the culture like full-blown Israelites. They had no tribal identity, and were not allowed to participate in the temple worship.
That was then (Old Testament) – this is now. Now, because of the completed work of reconciliation on the cross, Gentiles who accept Christ as their Savior are members of God’s household, buildings built at the new temple itself.
Lord, thank you for opening your gates to include all of us who believe the gospel.