A Sermon on Ephesians 2:19
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, (ESV)
What makes people unified? Is it the way they act? The same interest? According to Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones, “Nothing else can bring men together truly but this—this gospel.” In Ephesians, Paul is addressing the reality that both Jew and Gentile were side by side in standing before God through Jesus. This reality would have been mind blowing to the readers of Ephesians. No “righteousness” that Jews had would earn right standing before God, and no lack of religious heritage for the Gentile would hinder salvation through Christ. Their righteousness was as filthy rags before God, and we are on the same plane as them (Isaiah 64:6). We all are sinner absolutely helpless before God. However, as the Doctor notes, Christians are one with those who are agreed upon the cross, know Jesus Christ, and share Christ’s righteousness. Also, Christians are one because they are brought to one Father by one Spirit (Eph. 2:18). The Doctor also notes that all who are in Christ are fighting the same battle. We all have the same struggles and are able to carry each other’s burdens as we journey through this life; and we are also comforted by one savior. Though living this life may be challenging, we are marching towards one eternal hope.