11 You who are not Jews by birth, here is what I want you to remember. You are called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “circumcised.” But they have only been circumcised in their bodies by human hands. 12 Before you believed in Christ, you were separated from him. You were not considered to be citizens of Israel. You were not included in what the covenants promised. You were without hope and without God in the world. 13 At one time you were far away from God. But now you belong to Christ Jesus. He spilled his blood for you. This has brought you near to God. 14 Christ himself is our peace. He has made Jews and Gentiles into one group of people. He has destroyed the hatred that was like a wall between us. 15 Through his body on the cross, Christ set aside the law with all its commands and rules. He planned to create one new people out of Jews and Gentiles. He wanted to make peace between them. 16 He planned to bring both Jews and Gentiles back to God as one body. He planned to do this through the cross. On that cross, Christ put to death their hatred toward one another. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away. He also preached peace to those who were near. 18 Through Christ we both come to the Father by the power of one Holy Spirit. 19 So you are no longer outsiders and strangers. You are citizens together with God’s people. You are also members of God’s family. 20 You are a building that is built on the apostles and prophets. They are the foundation. Christ Jesus himself is the most important stone in the building. 21 The whole building is held together by him. It rises to become a holy temple because it belongs to the Lord. 22 And because you belong to him, you too are being built together. You are being made into a house where God lives through his Spirit.
Together, we are his house.
We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.
The word that sticks out to me is “together”.
New Living Translation says v20-21 together we are his house, we are carefully joined together in him.
Together we are becoming a holy Temple for the Lord.
The church is not about what I do or don’t do. It’s not about what other people do, it is all about what we do together.
God joins us together to be his house, and together become his holy Temple, together with Christ as the cornerstone.
We are a community of believers. All our success and failures, our pain and our triumphs are meant to be done together.
This life that we live was never designed to be lived alone, but lived together. I need you just as much as you need me. It is together that we become what God has designed us to be, his holy Temple on Earth.
Me and God is not enough, but you, me and God is.
Father, I thank you for all the believers that you have joined me to, my family in Christ, all together with Christ. May we together know and experience your presence as we together become your holy Temple.
Written by Andrew Martin