Citizens and Family
The Upward Look
by Max D. Hutto,
“So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God's household,” Ephesians 2:19 HCSB
Foreigners do not have rights and privileges of citizens and are considered as temporary strangers in a foreign land. Before their life-changing encounter with Christ, Gentiles had been alien strangers to God and His Kingdom. Having been reconciled with God through faith in Christ, the Gentile believers were now full citizens of the Kingdom of God. They were now saints made holy through the cleansing blood of Christ. They were now family members with all of God’s children.
Lord Jesus, because of my faith in You, I am now part of Your family, the church. Help me to live a holy righteous lifestyle befitting a citizen of Your Kingdom.
September 17, 2021 - © Copyright 2021, Max D. Hutto.
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