The Christian’s Citizenship

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Paul spent so much time looking believers in the eyes and reminding them of who they are in Christ. We see this in Ephesians 2:19, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”

I’m going to pick up where we left off last week which is Ephesians 2. We can read v. 18 to the end. We’re specifically going to be looking at something there in v. 19 once again. Let’s just read these verses. Ephesians 2.18 “For through Christ, we both Jew and Gentile have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then, (conclusion), you’re no longer strangers and aliens.” We looked at that last week. No longer strangers and aliens. Paul affirming that. “But you are fellow citizens with the saints.” That’s what I want to deal with today. “And members of the household of God built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone in whom the whole structure being joined together grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In Him, you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” Now I am convinced of this: I am convinced that if James and I and any other men who God makes an overseer of this church; I’m convinced that if we’re going to pastor the flock of God that is among us, a good deal of our labor, a good deal of words that we communicate to God’s people are going to consist of this thing: reminding people who they are. I get my cue for this from the Apostle Paul. Why? Because I consider him to be pastoral. An apostle? Yes. Pastoral to the maximum. I mean, this man was gifted. And you know what he did? He spent enormous amounts of his epistles just simply doing that one thing. Looking Christians in the eyeballs and saying, “here’s who you are.” And maybe we don’t think that way pastorally, but that is a huge part of a pastoral labor: simply to remind people who they are. Just listen. Just some samplings from Paul. Romans 6:14 “You are not under the law, but under grace.” It just states it. That’s a reality about you, Christian. “You are God’s field; God’s building.” “You are God’s temple. God’s Spirit dwells in you.” Or 1 Corinthians 3:23 “You are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.” “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price…” Or 1 Corinthians 12:27, “You are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” Galatians 3:26, “In Christ Jesus, you are all sons of God through faith.” Galatians 4:7, “You are no longer a slave…” You get the idea. He specifically looks at…