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)
In a time of instability, it can seem like there is no foundation. Each nation has its own issues, and are doomed to end at some point. However, is there a nation that will last forever? As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out, there is a kingdom that will last forever—the Kingdom of God. Ephesians 2:19 gives us this hope. According to The Doctor, if the Church understood the reality of their citizenship and the nature of the Kingdom, she would be heading towards revival. The Church is called to understand the reality of the Kingdom and rejoice in it. So what is the nature of this kingdom? According to Lloyd-Jones, the kingdom implies that the people contained in it are separate. Also, it means the Church is bound by the same allegiance to each other and to the King. However, this is not a kingdom that can be entered into by mere outward allegiance, it takes “new birth” by the Spirit, and redemption by the “precious blood of Jesus.” We are bought into a spiritual kingdom, and birthed into it by the Spirit. Also, The Doctor notes, that while it may seem like the church is underwhelming, on the day that Jesus returns and the church is united, that will not be the case.