Week of May 5 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Ephesians 2:18-22

For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.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, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.  

Reflect: What three metaphors does Paul use to describe what it means to be a Christian? What is significant about each of them?

Consider: Redeemed Jews and Gentiles are no longer estranged from each other but are fellow citizens of the kingdom of God. Race or nationality make no difference. All are redeemed people through Christ’s cross. God’s people represents the NIV interpretation of the Greek hagion, literally, “holy ones.”[1]

Respond: Do you feel the same way about your relationships in the church and in your group the way Paul says you should? Why or why not? What kinds of things make the family of God different from any other family? What sorts of barriers are crossed in the family of God that might keep people apart in other situations?

[1] Max Anders, Galatians-Colossians, vol. 8, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999), 114–115.