Ephesians 2:19-22 - 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.
This year our family built a house. It has been an incredible experience filled with all kinds of challenges and lessons. As we watched the house be built, we learned that the foundation is critical. Without a strong foundation a house will not stand; however, when you have a strong foundation, you can build walls and a roof. Before you know it, you have a house. But there is a significant difference between a house and a home. In the verses above, Paul uses the illustration of a house to teach us several important truths about the church.
First, he wants us to know that through faith in Jesus we are the church. Paul says we are “fellow citizens” of God’s kingdom and “members of the household of God” (v.19). No longer are we “strangers and aliens,” meaning no longer are we a people without a home. Now, in Jesus we belong to God and have a home with God as his people.
Second, he wants us to know that the future of the church is safe and secure. Paul says the church is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,” meaning it’s built on the teachings of Jesus (v.20). More than that, the foundation of the church rests solely and securely on Jesus, who himself is “the cornerstone,” which is the most important part of the foundation. The cornerstone is the first stone put in place to create a strong, stable, lasting foundation. The integrity of the entire structure depends on the cornerstone. If the cornerstone isn’t level, then the entire foundation won’t be level, which means in time the house will fall. But Jesus is the cornerstone of the church, and therefore, “the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord” (v.21).
Third, he wants us to know that God is with us. Paul says “In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (v.22). Paul is saying that not only are we home with God but also God has made his home with us through the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit in our hearts.
• In what ways is your life built on the foundation of Jesus?
• How does having God as your home make a difference in your life?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer praising God for giving you a place and a part in his family.