Scripture: verse 19
So then, you [Gentiles] are no longer foreigners and strangers. On the contrary, you are fellow-citizens with God’s people and members of God’s family.
Observation: This one’s more straightforward. It said earlier (verse 12) that before Yeshua’s death, the Gentiles were “without hope and without God.” Yeshua’s death opens the door to the nations so that anyone can come to God.
There’s a number of ideas running around that all believers are secretly Jewish, somehow – often involving the ten tribes that were lost to Assyria. Conspiracy theories are fun, I suppose, but the truth is that God’s plan is bigger than that. Instead of resorting to twisted secrets to make all who come be suitable, God made a way for everyone to be welcome.
God crowdsourced His kingdom. We’re all in.
Application: The only response can be enthusiastic welcome, regardless of gender, skin color, mental capacity, or number of piercings. We’re all welcome, and we all have a part to play.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for welcoming everyone. Help me to do the same. Amen.