Part of the Family of God (Ephesians 2:19-20)
Scripture: Ephesians 2:19-20
We continue to study Paul's descriptions of the church as the "one new man" created from Jews and Gentiles who have been reconciled to God by God's grace. Our previous condition was that we had been alienated from God's promises and separated from Christ (Ephesians 2:12). Here we are assured that those who believe are members of the household of God. These descriptions apply to all who are saved, not just some elite ones. All Christians are called "saints." Before we were transients but now belong to the company of the redeemed. Whereas before we were aliens to the promises of God, now we are aliens in relationship to the rebellious world system. Paul uses many metaphors to describe the church and each of them helps describe the blessed status of all who know Christ. Metaphors can be used in more than one way, with the context determining the meaning in each case. This sermon also covers Paul's use of the terms "foundation" and "cornerstone" in describing what the church is built upon. We explain that the foundation which is laid once for all is the apostles and prophets of the New Testament. That Christ is the cornerstone is an allusion to Isaiah 28:16. Those who claim to be new apostles and prophets are not valid. By way of application, we study Hebrews 2:1-4 where we are exhorted to not allow ourselves to be blown off course. What we must pay close attention to is the words of Christ and His apostles. We are in grave danger if we neglect the great salvation provided by God through Christ.
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