November 16 –Citizens and Members

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household” Ephesians 2:19 (NASB)

God’s kingdom is made up of the people from all time who have trusted in Him. There are no strangers, foreigners, or second-class citizens there. Redeemed sinners not only become heavenly citizens but also members of God’s own family. The Father bestows on believers the same infinite love He gives His Son.  This verse reminds us of our identity as Christians. This is the promise God makes for each of us and He wants us all to recognize the great change that His promise makes in our status and identity the moment we believed in Jesus as our Savior – the only way to heaven. Our verse speaks of our former status as foreigners and aliens without standing in God’s family. But now we are citizens. God sent His Son into this world to make this change possible. God recognized that we, His creatures didn’t belong to Him but He wanted us to be His by new birth. We are citizens together with God people, citizens with eternal rights to heaven. Even more, we belong to God’s household, members of His family. What a life affirming promise that is for us today.

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November 21 – A Gift All Around

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,” Ephesians 2:19 (ESV)

How are we no longer strangers and aliens? This verse indicates that once we were strangers and alien to the household or family of God. What has changed? What happened? We can look back in this letter Paul sent to the believers in Ephesians and learn the answer to these questions. Paul, writing under the inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit tells us that by the grace of God we have been saved through faith believing in Jesus Christ. And here is yet another promise, the faith that we have was given to us as a gift from God. So God gave us the faith we needed to believe and receive eternal life. No one is saved and goes to heaven as a result of what they do. Good works are the product of being saved, not the means of being saved. The means is the gift of faith and God’s grace. We didn’t deserve it and we have it only because God made it available to us through his work on the Cross of Calvary. We are in the household of God as family members because of this new birth in Christ. Now, isn’t that something to be thankful for?

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