Hello fine readers! Today is part two of the Heart of the Word scripture study taking part on several blogs for the next month or so. This study is walking through the Book of Ephesians, and every Thursday there will be a link up at a different hosts page. This week Rachel, over at Rachel Rewritten, is our host and you can join in here. This week’s reading was Ephesians 2:14 – 3, which is quite a piece of Scripture.
The reading picks up where we left off last week, with St. Paul explaining that Christ has brought together humanity so that there is no longer Jew or Gentile, but that all who love and follow God are one People. And not only are we one people, we are also members of one household! (2:14-17, 19) That’s a pretty big household, but if you look at it this way, none of us are only children before God. We all have brothers and sisters, many who are going through the same trials and joys as us, we just need that little push of courage to take a step out of our “real” household to reach out to others and join in our worship and living together. God doesn’t want us to be alone. He wants us to share Him with others and to revel in His awesomeness.
He gave us His Son so that we might have a direct path to Him without needing a High Priest to make sacrifices on our behalf. He wants us to come to Him in prayer, in joy and sorrow, and to know that He is always there for us. (2:18)
And then there’s this:
And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit – Ephesians 2:22 (NIV)
Hold the phone. I am a dwelling place for God? Me? But I am nobody. There’s no way St. Paul meant that… right? But that is what is so awesome about God. Not only did He come down to dwell among us in His Son Jesus Christ, He also lives in us every day. Every day. Wow. That thought just gave me butterflies. It brings new meaning to the idea that you body is a temple. Let that sink in for a minute. Take a deep breath and realize that God is within you.
There’s more to today’s reading, but honestly I want to end on that amazing note. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Here’s the rest of the study:
Week 3 | February 15 – 21 | Ephesians 4 + Psalm 63 | Link-Up @ Joyfully Organized
Week 4 | February 22 – 28 | Ephesians 5 + 6 | Link-Up @ A Place to Dwell