So why should we welcome foreigners? We are all foreigners in God’s eyes. All believers are strangers on earth. This is not just the people that were born in other lands. That is for every one reborn by the Holy spirit. This is a principle for God’s people of all times. Moses instructed the Israelite not to sell any of the land permanently because the land belonged to God and they were only foreigners living there. Think of how graciously God treats us, the foreigners living in His world. His kindness to us can guide our thoughts and actions toward those living as strangers among us. Bottom line, all believers in Jesus Christ belonged to the kingdom of God.
Ephesians 2:19, we read consequently, “you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of His household”. Following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature, by our very nature, we were subject to God’s anger just like everyone else. But God is so rich in mercy and He loved us so much that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ. It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved for him. He has raised us from the dead, along with Christ and seated us with Him in heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages, as examples of incredible wealth of His grace and kindness towards us as shown in all He has done for us who are united with Christ.
We became citizens of heaven as we took the Lord Jesus for salvation. We should recognize that our citizenship and our home is in heaven. The reality is God’s word says we are just as much an immigrant, we are just as much a refugee, we are just as much a stranger and a foreigner as anyone that you might be pointing the finger to on planet earth. The word is not for people who were foreign born internationals. The word is for the people of God. Every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is considered an alien and a stranger to the earth.
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