Paul wanted them to understand all that God had done for them. They were Gentiles who had no hope of knowing God, but now they were near to God through the blood of Jesus.
Read Ephesians 2:19
The Ephesians were Gentiles. The word alien doesn't always mean a space creature. Here it refers to someone who is not a citizen of a country. The Ephesians were not Jewish people and had not known God before. But now that they were in Christ, they were fellow citizens of God's country with the other saints (believers). A citizen of a country has certain privileges that an alien does not have. In the United States, he can vote, he can become a leader, and is protected by the law. As a Christian, we have all the privileges of being a Christian. We have the Holy Spirit living in us. We can pray to God. We can understand the Bible. We are forgiven of our sins by God. We are also members of God's household. Just as you are a member of your family, so every Christian is a member of God's family. God designed the family so that children would enjoy a good relationship with their parents and siblings. A child is loved by his parents, protected, and taken care of. The same thing is true for those in God's family. When you were born again, you became part of God's family. And because of that, you have a relationship with God that other people do not. God loves you, protects you, and takes care of you just like in a good family.
- Multiple Choice: The Ephesians were aliens:
a. because they were from another planet.
b. because they were not Jewish and had not known God before.
c. because they were not citizens of the United States.
- What privileges does a citizen of the United States have?
- What privileges does a citizen of God's country have?
- Draw a picture of your family.
- What are three things that God does for his children?
a. God _______________ you.
b. God _______________ you.
c. God takes _______________ of you.