“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (
From aliens to citizens and from strangers to sons—this is what happens when we are connected in Christ. According to Paul we become one with all the “saints.” That is the birthright of every believer. It isn’t true of a select few, but is the status of all the elect.
Saints! We may picture an elite class of Christians—their renown preserved in stained glass or statues. They are Saint Peter,
, Saint Matthew
or Saint Bartholomew. But, that is
erroneous thinking. We dare not omit
Saint Bob, Saint Bill, and even Saint Dennis!
And what of Saint Louise, Saint Sue or Saint Polly? I know a saint named Marilyn! She is my wife—and living with me requires
that she would need to be! Here is the
reality: every follower of Christ—the weakest, the virtual unknown—all are
saints. Saint Paul
Right now in our nation there is a great alarm about illegal immigration. It seems the borders are virtually open to a flood of aliens to enter.
That can’t be in the
. The border of Heaven is barred to every
alien. None may enter illegally. The walls are too high and the gates are too
strong. You cannot swim the river—it is
too wide. But, there is a legal way for
everyone who desires to enter. We must
pledge allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ—and the moment we do, we are
immediately welcomed into citizenship in His Eternal Kingdom! Kingdom of God
It would be folly to open your house to any stranger that wanders by. Instead we have locks on our doors and many even purchase security systems. Leave the door open and let anybody and everybody in—and that would prove destructive to your property and deadly to your family.
The New Jerusalem is heavily fortified. Its defenses are impenetrable. An army of angels guards its gates. But, all sons of God are made welcome! Just as your children are given the key to your house, so God takes the stranger and adopts those who follow Christ into His family! The key of faith in Christ is placed in our hand.
What we were—foreigners and strangers—we are no more. Now we who are connected in Christ have the status of citizens and sons! That is true of each of us personally, but is also true of all of us corporately. Note that, “fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” is in the plural. Our connection to Christ is in context of our connection with one another. Each of us has the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and sonship. Those include the privileges and duties of our Kingdom and Royal Family!