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Ephesians, Chapter Two, Lesson Three


V.19 ** To which of our two groups is Paul referring in this verse?

To the Gentiles - cf. V.12 "remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world."

** Leaving our verse for just a moment, how does the apostle Peter describe Christians in reference to
their relationship to the unsaved world around them?

He calls us strangers and aliens!
cf. 1Peter 1:1 and 1Peter 2:11

** Now in our verse, is Paul disagreeing with Peter when he says, "you are no longer strangers and aliens"?

No, Paul is saying that we are no longer to be described in this manner in reference to our relationship to God.

** There is actually a dual contrast going on before us in this verse. Let's look at it together.

Strangers (Outcasts, kept at a distance) vs. Fellow Citizens (Joint heirs with all Believers)

Aliens (guest of a country with no rights of citizenship) vs. God's Household (Part of God's own family - Philippians 3:20)

We have received a blessed transformation from disaster to deliverance, from despair to delight, all because of the love shown toward us by our Triune God!

V.20 ** At the end of verse nineteen, Paul introduced the metaphor of a building with the phrase "God's household". What does he now say to expand that thought?

The building has "been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone..."

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