Today we shall look study Ephesian 2:19-22,
I titled my sermon as ” The church”. Bible uses the word “Body” as a metaphor of church,
Each part of the body has a different role. Similarly, each one of us has different roles in the body of Christ.
If we don’t know our roles and if we don’t work together, we will face confusion in the body of Christ, so in order to know the purpose of the church these few weeks, we are taking up the doctrine of Church, so that we all will understand what church is, the purpose and role of the church, and build up strong, biblical and healthy church.
Background of Ephesian.
We know apostle Paul wrote this letter, This letter to the Ephesian was written in Rome and was the first of the prison letters, written in 60 AD.
The theme of this epistle is
“The church, Christ Body.”
Ephesian focus on the Basic Doctrine of the Church. What it is and how believers function within it.
The first 3 chapters of Ephesian emphasize doctrine and the last 3 chapters emphasize behaviour.
Meaning of Church
The word Church (Ekklesia) comes from 2 Greek words, “Ek” which means ‘out’, “Kaleo” which means ‘to call’.
So Ekklesia(Church) means – called out ones.
Thus it means that the church is a group of people who are called out from the darkness of this world to marvellous light to be a special people to serve the living God.
Remember the church is not a building which we go to, or denominations or social activities you take up.
Text Ephesian 2:19-22.NASB.
19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,
20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone,
21 in whom the whole building, being fitted
together, is growing into a holy [b]temple in the Lord,
22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
In order to understand these passages we shall go back to the previous verses.
Chapters 2 talk about the condition of the church before they received Christ.
- You were dead in your trespasses and sin. (2:1)
- You used to live in the ways of the world. (2:2)
- Walk according to the desire of Satan. (2:2)
- Living in the lust of the flesh. (2:3)
- Children of wrath. (2:3)
- Separated from God. (2:12)
- Living without hope and without God. (2:12)
But the great news is in Ephesian 2:4-5.
4. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5 even when we were dead [f]in our transgressions, made us alive together [g]with Christ (by grace you have been saved).
He chose us before the foundation of the world.(1:4).
Redemption through His blood(1:7)
Forgave our sin according to the richest of His grace. (1:7)
He has adopted us (1:5).
Sealed us by the Holy Spirit. (1:13)
Brought peace in our life. (2:14)
He reconciled us to the Father.(2:16)
And Paul continues in verse 19-22,
We shall see 5 points under these texts.
- The church is the citizens of God’s kingdom. (19a).
19. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the [p]saints, and are of God’s household.
– Our permanent home is in heaven we are just passing this world. John 14:1-2 Jesus is preparing a place for us and He is coming back.
– We belong to God’s kingdom.
Illustration: Matthew 7:21-24.
Application: are you sure of your citizenship in heaven.
Let us examine ourself and confess our sins and surrender our life to Christ.
- The church is the family or household of God. (19b)
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the [p]saints, and are of God’s household”
Not only citizenship but be we are now God’s beloved family.
Illustration: Prodigal son Luke 15.
Application: Are you in the Father house?
- The church is built in the foundation of Christ. 20.
20 “having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone.”
Illustration: Two builders, wise and foolish builder’s. Matthew 7:24-27.
Cf Psalm 127:1-2.
Application: Are you building up your life in Christ foundation?
- The church are joined together to grow in Christ. 21.
“21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord,”
We need to work together, we need to come together as one body in this church and grow together in Him.
Illustration: A baby that never grow.
We believe we need spiritual food daily. Meditating on the word of God and praying.
Application : Are you growing daily in the Lord?
- The church is a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit. (22)
“In whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.”
The day you received Christ, Holy Spirit dwell in you. How are you maintaining your heart?
Illustration: Corinthian church.
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies.
Application: Are you bringing glory to God through your body?
God bless you.