Christ the Cornerstone!
Scripture reading for August 26th: Ephesians 2
Gentiles made up a large part of the Ephesian church. Paul wrote to help them understand who they were in Christ Jesus and what had transpired when they were saved. For most of us are not of Jewish descent, Paul’s descriptions help us better understand our salvation.
“Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves the “circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)–remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:11-13)
When we were lost, we were separate from Christ and God our Father. We had nothing to do with Israel–God’s chosen people. This resulted in a hopeless situation. Our fate was eternal separation from God and His promises! But thankfully, we who were ‘far away’, have been ‘brought near’ to God by faith in Christ!
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple to the Lord.” (Ephesians 2:19-20) Paul likened the Church to a building similar to the Old Testament temple in Jerusalem. Christ was the Cornerstone and the foundation was built by the apostles and prophets. Each believer was a stone that caused the temple to rise as a dwelling place of God by the Spirit! What a glorious temple we make!