… remember that at that time
You were separate from Christ
Excluded from citizenship in Israel
And foreigners to the covenants of the promise
And without God in the world.
But now in Christ Jesus
You who once were far away
Have been brought near through the blood of Christ. …
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 2:12-13, 19-20
I’m a nobody. Yeshua died for a lot of nobodies – that makes us a lot of somebodies, at least to God. It’s the ‘somebody’ that really interests me. I have been made ‘somebody’ in Israel, a ‘citizen’ with ‘God’s people’ – neither above nor below them but united to them. I have become a part of ‘God’s household’ – a part of a ‘peculiar’ people.
The separation that existed between Jew and Gentile, because Gentile non-observance of Jewish law made them ritually unclean so that Jews couldn’t interact with them, no longer exists. We have been joined to Israel through the blood of Christ – we have been made ‘ritually clean’, so that we can fulfill the Law of the Spirit, which both Jew and Gentile are called to do.
Remember, it is impossible for those who walk by the Spirit of God to break the commandments of God – His commandments were given in perpetuity, and are holy because He is holy. Remember not to judge how the ‘other’ fulfills ‘the Law’. Rather, remember, we are “being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” (Eph 2:22). Remember, to God, you’re somebody.
The Lord is coming!