I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son. Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell and on the third He rose again and ascended into heaven. From there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit. I believe in the holy universal church. The communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. (The Apostles Creed)
The kingdom of faith is our home country–all of us who believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Each one of us is a brick in his house, built on the cornerstone of the apostles, and Jesus himself is the cornerstone. What would happen if the bricks in a house couldn’t stand each other, called each other names, threw themselves at each other, excluded other bricks? The house would fall apart.
Let’s all–all those who believe in Jesus Christ–look to our common cornerstone. Who is our faith based on? And what does he tell us to do? Are we loving our neighbors as we love ourselves?Ephesians 2:18-22 (New Living Translation)
Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us. So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit. Ephesians 2:18-22 (The Message)
Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father. That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.
Why study the Bible this way?If you take it into your mind and heart enough to translate it into a picture or word, it becomes part of you. If you add a sentence or two of explanation, you then engage another part of your brain which cements God’s words even firmer into your heart and mind. If you want to remember it, you can think of what you drew. Want to share? I invite your comments and an upload of your own drawings.
Ephesians 2:14-18(New Living Translation)
For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.
He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.