Week 23, Day 4
Week 23, Day 4
June 9, 2022
Scripture: Ephesians 2
Ephesians 2:19–20 (TNIV)
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
The divisiveness of the world has been discouraging lately. Unfortunately, it is easy to grow further apart from our neighbors and disconnected with one another.
Paul’s message of encouragement is to both the Jews and the Gentiles. Those who knew God and were close to God, the Jews, as well as those who were “far” from God, Gentiles, who are now a part of God’s family. It’s a wonderful picture of unity, brought about by God’s grace. This is a difficult idea to hold in one’s head if you are a Jew, and that’s the reason why Hebrews, Romans and Galatians exists. How do we function together, in view of God’s Grace?
Well here, Paul gives us a beautiful encouragement. It’s all by Grace that anyone is saved, Jew or Gentile. We all need Jesus, no matter what. He’s the foundation of this new humanity. He’s the one who holds this new house together, in which everything is built.
This encouragement to find our life on the Cornerstone Jesus Christ is just what we need for these divisive days. He’s the only one we can sufficiently and appropriately hold us together and unite us.
Let’s be a unified people who are built together on the grace, hope and love of Jesus.
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Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.