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“In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”  Ephesians 2:22

After his magnificent vision of God’s peace in Christ growing the Church into “a holy temple in the Lord” (2:21), Paul applies his vision to the church in Ephesus.  The emphatic words are “you also.”  “God is doing this great work in his Church.  But he’s involving you also, you in your church.  You’re part of this glory coming down.”

John Calvin sees verse 22 as an exhortation to the Ephesians “to be a part of that new temple which, through the Gospel, was then being built by God in every part of the world.”

Paul connects the great work of God in the Church with the particular work of God in that church — building a new community where God’s presence can be known on earth.

Your church also matters.

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Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

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