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Ephesians Devotional—Week Two, Day Five (12/11/09)

Ephesians 2:19-22

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, {20} built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. {21} In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. {22} And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

When God birthed the church, He created a new people and a new nation (1 Peter 2:9-10). Whenever a new nation is formed the criteria for citizenship are laid down. So also are its laws and governing documents. The foundation of the United States was the Founder’s commitment to freedom, their adherence to the truth of scripture as the basis for good government, and two subsequent documents—the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

With regard to the body of Christ, God built this new nation on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets, with Jesus Christ Himself as the cornerstone, i.e. the one stone upon which every other part of the foundation is laid. The apostles and prophets were the human agents who established the church. Their message and purpose were wholly centered upon Christ. The 27 New Testament books are the divinely inspired seal and inerrant declaration of their efforts. This is the reason why there are no more foundational apostles and prophets. Their work was complete.

In this present age, human beings are being built together to form God’s new temple. He now lives in people—a collective people indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Christ in us … that is our hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Every true believer in Jesus Christ is part of this holy temple. It’s an honor to be included in its construction, although we often feel the pain of hammer and chisel shaping us into what God wants us to be.

  1. How has the Bible shaped your life? In what ways have you based your entire existence upon its timeless message?
  2. Since the church is being built as God’s dwelling place, how do you see your life in this process? What has He been doing in you to make that happen?
  3. Read 1 Peter 2:9-10. What is God’s purpose for us as His people?
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