Ephesians 2:19-22 (NKJV) 19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Paul is saying even Gentiles who are saved by the shed blood of Jesus Christ are part of the family of God, there is no difference between the Jewish believer and the Gentile believer. For “as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12 NKJV). Both the Jew and the Gentile who call on the name of Jesus for salvation are fellow citizens in the body of Christ, as members of the family of God. We are children of God, and “our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20 NKJV). We do not belong to a religion, we belong to Christ, and our home is in heaven. The apostles and the prophets who were of Jesus’ time on earth, had laid the foundation of doctrine upon “Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone.” “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11 NKJV). And upon this Rock the Lord Jesus Christ said “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18 NKJV). Jesus is the Rock on which the church is build. The apostles and prophets laid the foundation, and the Lord Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone, the Rock. And we as children of God, “you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5 NKJV). We are stones fitted in and build into a spiritual house, for the church is not a building, it is the living body of believers. We are God’s church. And the church is still under construction today, as more and more lost sinners enter into the family of God by repenting of their sins and accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. That is why we are to be actively sharing the message of salvation, the gospel of Jesus Christ. By this, God is taking people who are dead in trespasses and sins, and He is giving them life. And we the living, born again, stones are growing into a holy temple in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit of God places each dead sinner, Jews and Gentiles, into the living church through regeneration and baptism. “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13 NKJV). The church is holy because the Holy Spirit dwells within each individual that is part of the body of Christ, the church. By the baptism of the Holy Spirit the Spirit of God dwells within us, and we as saved sinners are placed in the body of Lord Jesus Christ, the church of God in the Spirit. In this sense, therefore, in any local church building, the Spirit of God is only present when God’s children are there. Because God indwells believers, not buildings. Thus, when God’s children gather together in a local church, the impression should be made upon the world that God is in His holy temple. The world should feel that God is present in the local church. My question is, “Can He?” Perhaps more of God’s children should behave as God’s children, then perhaps more people would come to the local church if they were sure that God was present there.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.