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DEVOTIONAL
From dead earth to living stone
Richard Wasserfall
21-Feb-2005
“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.”Ephesians 2:19-20
We have now crossed the bridge. In Ephesians 2:11-12, Paul put us on the bank of the Gentiles-uncircumcised, excluded from Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise that the prophets spoke of. From verse 13 through 18, Paul then took us over the bridge which is Christ. And it was in crossing that we realised we weren’t passing over to the Jewish side. Rather the bridge Y-junctioned with the Jewish bank and led forward to a new shore-the man Jesus Christ.

Having accepted Christ and walked forward, both men, Gentile and Jew, are now on this new shore. And we Gentiles find that we are no longer foreigners to the covenants of the promise, nor aliens from Israel, but rather fellow citizens with God’s people-Gentile and Jew as equal members of God’s household.

Now what kind of house? From what is this house built? And what kind of foundation?

Paul makes clear the foundation is the prophets and apostles-heralds of the promise given to Abraham from which we Gentiles were excluded, and heralds of the promised Messiah Jesus Christ, the bridge we crossed over to become members of God’s family; the chief cornerstone of God’s house.

Peter tells us that in crossing the bridge and coming “to [Christ], the living stone-rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him-[we] also, like living stones are being built into a spiritual house,” (1 Pet 2:4-5). Thus we are then the stones from which the house is built, and one with Christ the living cornerstone in the building of His house upon the foundation of his apostles.

But what are we building? This spiritual house, built from us who are living stones on Peter the rock, is the Church against which “the gates of Hades will not overcome,” (Mt 16:18). It is the new Jerusalem descending in glory from the new Heaven with “twelve foundations, and on them…the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb,” (Rev 21:14). And it is heaven where our citizenship lies (Php 3:20), and where we are now seated in the heavenly realms at the right hand of Christ (Eph 2:6).

Therefore let us never forget that once we were Gentiles. For a grateful heart, full of worship for the One who made us what we now are, can only be born of this remembrance.
Gracious, merciful Father, by Your mercy we have entered Your Body, by Your grace we share in the body of Christ. We remember what once we were, and sing, You are good, Your love endures forever. Amen.