in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord,Ephesians 2:21(NASB)
God reconciled man back to Himself and restored the relationship between Jew and Gentile through Christ's shed blood on a Roman cross, and His glorious resurrection from the dead.
But the unification of Jew with Gentile, through the cross of Calvary has meant so much more than simply setting aside past differences between two people groups, for it has resulted in the binding together of two incompatible and irreconcilable parties, into one glorious, eternal body - which is the Church.
The union of Jew with Gentile has resulted in the Church becoming one nation under God, for we are the Body of Christ - and God has called us during this Church dispensation, to be His chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession - that we may declare the praises of Him, Who called us out of darkness into His wonderful light.
Individually and collectively the Church is the temple of the living God and each one is a living stone, that is being built up into God's own spiritual temple, for we are one in Christ.. and in Him we are being carefully fitted together. And together we are growing day by day into His beautiful holy residence - without spot or blemish or any such thing.
It is in Christ that both groups been formed into one.. breaking down the dividing walls of animosity between us.. and abolishing the enmity which came from the Law. It is Christ Who has established peace between us and Christ Who has reconciled us together in one body to God.. through the cross. Christ has given us access by one Spirit to the Father.. and only through Christ are we no longer strangers and aliens to our Creator God.. but fellow citizens with all the saints - having been made children of God and accepted into His heavenly household.
It is the gospel of Christ upon which our faith is founded, and it is Christ Jesus Himself Who is the Foundation Stone upon which His church is being built... and it is through Christ that the whole building is being fitted together and growing into a holy temple, in the Lord.
As we reflect upon the glorious gospel of Christ and the amazing grace by which we have been accepted in the Beloved, should we not seek to walk worthy of our calling every moment of the day, with lowliness of heart and gentleness of spirit.. as in His grace and strength we seek to glorify God in our bodies.
Heavenly Father, thank You that I have been brought near by the blood of Christ and have been made one with Him, by means of His death, burial and resurrection. Thank You that You have brought together, into one body.. all who have trusted Jesus as Saviour, and that we are being built-up and fitted together as Your holy residence. Help me to walk worthy of my calling.. and may You be glorified in all I say and do, until that glorious day when You come to take us to be with Yourself in the clouds of glory - praise Your holy Name, AMEN.