"So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God…" (Ephesians 2:19)
Paul’s used three metaphors to characterize how Christians belong together – fellow citizens, speaks of locale, a region or city. The church is comprised of people in common residential and spiritual-cultural sameness. Household – a household consisted of family members and others who lived and worked within the same household unit. The church is a tightly knit relational unit functioning for the welfare of the household. Holy Temple – the church is a sacred dwelling place. Christians coming together become a religious/spiritual house for the residence of God, see v.22.
The church has no outsiders and no social strata. We hold all things common and the spiritual vitality of our church is a function of the incorporated spirituality of each member. Our strength depends on the presence of all; our weakness is the result when one is missing.
“Blessed be the tie that binds. Our hearts in Christian love.”
--E.C. Malone 01/16/15