You and I are built like bricks: Thoughts on Ephesians 2:19-22

Ok, maybe we’re built more like blocks.  At least, we should be.

God desires to bring us together to build the place God chooses to live.  You and I can be blocks that hold up the dwelling place of God.  There’s only one catch:  you don’t get to hand select the other blocks.In other words, you may end up part of a building with blocks you wouldn’t consider worthy.  No, let me rephrase that, you will be.

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In Ephesians, Paul introduces to the people of God a new era.  It’s not an easy one to swallow for the people of God.  It breaks ties with cultural boundaries, not to mention historical.  It’s a new era where those outside the covenant of God are now being welcomed in.  A pivotal moment in God’s story of redemption, where those “who were once far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Eph. 2:13)”

From Paul, we learn that God is bringing together two formerly disparate groups.  The outsiders become insiders.  Two become one.  The dividing wall is down, and the hostility is dismantled.  Strangers join membership with the saints as the new people of God.

As the blocks of strangers and saints are laid side by side, they join together to grow into a “holy temple in the Lord. (Eph. 2:21)”  Not an empty building, but a “dwelling place for God. (Eph. 2:22)”  God’s choice home.

The old Temple is replaced with the new.  God’s presence isn’t about a physical place.  God is found in the relationships of people who are joined by Christ’s love.

So I wonder, has the people of God resorted to its old ways?  Are we trying to enclose the presence of God with our buildings and programs?  Or, are we experiencing the presence of God through reconciliation with our enemies, strangers, and all who stand on the other side of a dividing wall?

What do you think?

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