Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Ephesians 2:19, part I

A verse of scripture that has been on my mind a lot lately is Ephesians 2:19. Earlier in the chapter, the Apostle Paul was recounting how the Gentile Christians had previously been strangers to the covenants God made with His people, but that through Christ, they were welcomed into the fold. Verse 19 reads:
"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God."

What does it mean to be a fellowcitizen with the saints?

When someone becomes a citizen of a nation, he or she renounces allegiance to other nations. However, Christ told us to render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. This seems to imply a sort of dual citizenship in both our nation and the Kingdom of God. What are we to do when the obligations of citizenship conflict?

This post is part 1 of a 2-part series. My next post will focus on the household of God. I tend to come up with more questions than answers, so I would be interested in what you have to say on the topic.

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