No Longer Strangers
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)
It is extremely important to be a citizen of the country that you are dwelling in during wartime. Will you not be suspected of evil if you are from a foreign nation and proven to not have citizenship? How much more important to know if you are a citizen of heaven if Jesus is going to come back and test you? In The Doctor’s sermon on Ephesians 2:19 (Part 2), he addresses the reality that Christians are citizens of the kingdom of God and “no longer strangers.” The Doctor notes that the imagery used by Paul (“strangers” and “foreigners”) to describe the past tense for the Christian implies several things. Before salvation, they were around the people of God, and may have even seemed to be a citizen of the kingdom, but in reality were not. Many, he concludes, are in the same predicament in the church. They are around the people of God, but have no true understanding of the things of God. They may be able to have deep philosophical or theological conversations, but when true religious experience is discussed they feel awkward. Therefore, before one seeks to understand what it means to be a citizen, it is important to come to the understanding of your status as citizen or foreigner.