(Ephesians 2:19) “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;”
A “resident alien” is a foreigner who resides in a country but is not a citizen of that country. They cannot legally participate in the government of that country. But rather they are merely beneficiaries from the business conducted in that country. This was the status of the Gentiles prior to the reconciliation of the cross. Even though Gentiles lived amongst the nation of Israel, they were still considered political outsiders in the spiritual realm. Regardless of their kindness towards Israel and good intentions, they were still “resident aliens” without the rights and privileges of citizenship in the Kingdom of God.
“Household” is another word for family. It is the basic building block of every society. It is a cohesive unit. It is designed to provide comfort and belonging. Gentiles in “time past” (Ephesians 2:12-13) did not belong to the family of God. They were not privileged by birth to be the physical descendants of Abraham. The covenant of promise at that time was not designed to cover them. They were “cut off” and outsiders.
But in Christ, all political and family differences in the Kingdom of God have been settled! In Christ all of us carry the privilege of citizenship and are full participants in the heavenly government. In Christ all of us are members of the same family and live as equals with an equal share of eternal inheritance. This is the promise extended to us today. All who will come to the cross accepting pardon and reconciliation find a place of belonging. Yes, today as a fellowcitizen, you can exercise your full spiritual rights in this heavenly government. Because you are a member of God’s household, you can hang a sign on the wall of the sanctuary in God’s presence proclaiming “Home Sweet Home.”
Renewed Thought – “This world is not my home, I’m just passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”
– This World Is Not My Home by Albert E. Brumley © 1965 Albert E. Brumley & Sons