Ephesians 2:19–22 (Part 2): Observation

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.”

Observations

  1. I can observe that “so” implies a reason that the audience is no longer strangers and aliens.

2. I can observe that the author is addressing his audience directly (“you”).

3. I can observe that at one point we were strangers and aliens, but that has changed and now we are citizens.

4. I can observe that there is a movement towards inclusion and equality.

5. I can observe that we have moved from strangers to a part of God’s household.

6. I can observe that Christ Jesus is the cornerstone of God’s household.

7. I can observe that God’s household is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets.

8. I can observe that the “building” of God’s household is growing into a holy temple.

9. I can observe that God’s household is “being fitted together” with the end goal of creating a holy temple.

10. I can observe that it is necessary for the “building” to be fitted together (“pieces” do not naturally fit together).

11. I can observe that fitting together of stones involves reshaping/removing parts of it.

12. I can observe that the word “together” is used twice.

13. I can observe that we are being built together “in the Lord.”

14. I can observe that the end goal of being built together is to become a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

15. I can observe that the building continues to grow.

16. I can observe that God’s household spans across time and space.

17. I can observe that all three members of the Trinity are present in this sentence.

18. I can observe that the past tense been is used when referring to the work of the apostles and prophets

19. I can observe that the present participle “being” is used 3 times, in reference to Christ as the cornerstone, the fitting together of believers, and the building of God’s dwelling (these things are ongoing).

20. I can observe that the fitting, growing, building, of God’s household is not yet complete.

21. I can observe that Christ’s status, as the cornerstone, is unchanging.

22. I can observe that moving from strangers to citizens involves joining God’s household.

23. I can observe that in order for God’s household to grow there must be change and fitting of the pieces.

24. I can observe that in Christ, strangers and aliens become a dwelling of God.

25. I can observe that all of the actions in this passage are attributed to God.


Part 1: Synthetic Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Part 3: Background

-JA

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