Examining Ephesians-Part 17-The Thrill Of Being “In The Church”

Verses 19-22 of Ephesians, Chapter 2, give us a picture of what being "in the Church" is all about, for those who have been placed in this Glorious organism (i.e; His Body, Spiritually). We can and should be involved in a local church but many who are unsaved do that. Only those who are born again are part of His Body. Those who are truly saved and are part of a local church give visible expression of His Spiritual Body to the world around them. Verse 19 reveals that "we" (See yesterday) are "no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;…". Verse 20 enlarges the picture to show that we "are built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets,…". This foundation is Jesus, Himself! (See I Corinthians 3:11.) He is also "the chief corner stone". (See I Peter 2:6.) He is the stability and strength of His Body! Verse 21 enlarges the picture even more. "In whom (Christ) all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord;…". What a picture! This unique edifice is well built and is comprised of living stones (true believers). (See I Peter 2:5.) This building, alive with the Resurrection Life of Jesus, "grows unto an Holy Temple…" Jesus is adding living stones, even today, from all over the world to His Body, which is a growing temple. Verse 22 fills out the picture with this reminder: "In Whom ye also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit". God is dwelling in His Temple!! We are that Temple, individually and collectively! God dwells in His children. Selah! Has it gripped you, if you really know Him, that He Lives–in you?!  Is your Temple clean?  Is He comfortable, living in you?    Ron

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