Ephesians 2:11-22 – “Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called ” Uncircumcision” by the so-called ” Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands — 12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. 17 AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR; 18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and are of God’s household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.”   NASB

Much is said regarding legal and illegal aliens in this country at this time and rightfully so.  It means something to be a citizen of a country, any country, and especially this great country the United States of America. 

I was born into my citizenship as were my parents, and their parents, before them, etc.  We’ve been here a long time and are proud Americans as well as proud Texans.  But that is not my point in this message. 

At one time, we were all strangers or aliens (not to the earth) but to the Kingdom of God.  We were on the outside looking in.  We had no claim to the covenants or promises of God because of sin, but now we have been afforded the opportunity to have “legal citizenship” in the Family of God through the Blood of Jesus Christ and His sacrificial death on the Cross.  He broke down the barrier that separated us and provided us a door of entry into the Kingdom. 

Today, if we have accepted the Finished Work of Jesus Christ, repented of our sins, and now following Him we are Citizens of the Kingdom of God!  We are being built, fitted, framed, and assembled together into a growing holy temple in the Lord.  We are being formed into a dwelling of God in the Spirit. 

As a citizen, you have the right to petition. You can come boldly before the Throne of Grace and ask what you will of the Father in the Name of the Son and fully believe that He will not only give you audience but listen to your petition.  Once you have traversed this thing, we call Life and your travails on earth are over you will have access to that Heavenly Kingdom for Eternity, that where He is you can be also.  So, rejoice in the fact that You are a Citizen!  A Citizen of The Kingdom of God!  You are in that Kingdom legally and enjoy all its provisions and protections! 

Bless you, as you enter your day living in His kingdom!

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