Thursday, August 6, 2009

Who Are We In Christ?

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. Ephesians 2:19-22

That passage of scripture continues to inspire me and help me focus when the path of God is unclear. Written to the church in Ephesus, Paul describes to them and other Christians that whether you were a Jewish Christian like the Apostles and Paul or a Gentile (non-jewish) Christian that you have received the same gift. There is no secret password or knowledge held by others. Do not feel as if your faith is less than that of others. No Christian is better or worse than each other. We are not foreigners or aliens, but we are the fellow citizen with the people of God and have become God's children. Through out baptism we have been claimed for God, our sins have been washed away and we have new life. God's spirit now lives in you.
Hopefully that inspires you to remember that no matter how far you feel you are from God that you are part of the body. God is with us. You are not alone. Stand firm with other believers. If you are going through a spiritual storm or a time of sadness, hold to your fellow citizens of heaven. We are here to help you through your storms. We are with you as Christ is with you.
Go in peace and go with God.

The Library in Ephesus

Baptismal in Ephesus.
Rev. Doug Kraus, Bishop Ann Sherer and me.

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