Metamorphosis, Part 3 “One For All”

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

When do you remember feeling like a complete stranger?

So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.

When I think of all this, I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus for the benefit of you Gentiles…assuming, by the way, that you know God gave me the special responsibility of extending his grace to you Gentiles. As I briefly wrote earlier, God himself revealed his mysterious plan to me. As you read what I have written, you will understand my insight into this plan regarding Christ. God did not reveal it to previous generations, but now by his Spirit he has revealed it to his holy apostles and prophets.

And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:19-3:6 NLT

How do the following truths about Jesus’ body impact you personally?

  • Jesus’ crucified, broken body on the cross took on your guilt and punishment.
  • Jesus’ physically resurrected body shows that God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice and gives eternal life without death to any who trust in Jesus.
  • Jesus’ “body” known as the church is a family of forgiven people empowered by the Holy Spirit to continue Jesus’ work on earth.

Lord, I am so thankful to be a part of your plan, a part of your people, and a part of your presence here on earth! May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!