Who You Calling Common? New post!

In history, there were those who were considered nobility, while others were considered to be common. In England, this belief is enshrined in their legal system, with their two houses of Parliament being called the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

This practice was so much a part of world governments that there was no nation in the modern world that did not have some form of this separation. In the ancient world, the Romans made strides toward overcoming this division, applying the law to all Roman citizens equally, for about 500 hundred years. Nevertheless, the Roman republic was plagued by internal conflict, as well as external assaults. Even in the Republic, it was less democratic than it was an oligarchy. There were several powerful families that guided the overall policy of the Republic.

The founders of the United States recognized that in history, only the nation of Israel truly ever had a society that was governed by the rule of law. However, even Israel was ruled by the prophets, then the judges, before finally begging for a king. The prophets and judges, of course, were supposed to speak for the true King of Israel, the Lord God. Israel was a theocracy, until King Saul. When Saul was made king, it was not before God took time to warn the people that the whole concept of nobility and commoners would become a part of their government, as was true of all the nations surrounding them. Of course, that was exactly what the people wanted.

In the U.S., our government begins with the Declaration of Independence. The second paragraph says, in part:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,”

A self-evident truth, that all men are created equal. Not all whites, or all Asians, or all blacks, or all Indians. No, all men. And in the understanding of the language of the Bible, that would be “all of mankind.”

Yet, today, in our country, there is a movement to restore those divisions. Some see it as a division between the races, or the sexes, but the purveyors of the division are actually bent on establishing themselves as the “nobility” and ruling class of our day, while relegating the rest of us to the status of “commoner”.

Whatever your thoughts on the above, there is one place where we are truly no longer common! That is within the kingdom of God. According to Ephesians 2, (verses 11 – 22 will be referenced), once upon a time we were separated into two races. Jews and Gentiles. Those who were not Jews, or were not of the circumcision, were Gentiles, or of the Uncircumcision. Those who were Gentiles were “without Christ, … aliens from the commonwealth … and strangers from the covenants of promise.” (v. 12)

  1. 13, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

When we were without Christ, we could be called “common or unclean” (see Acts 10:14, 28). But, NOW, in Christ we are brought near, or we are brought into the family of God. Ephesians 2:14 says, “For he Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity … 16 … that He might reconcile them both to God.

Jesus reconciled us to God. Not only to God, but he reconciled us to one another. He broke down the “middle wall of separation.” In God, there is no race such as we see it today. In God, there are those who have received Jesus and those who have not. And even those who have, are instructed not to see themselves as “better than” those who have not received Jesus. We are instructed, instead, to remember that, but for the grace of God, that would be me. To remember that before Jesus, we were lost in our sins, and since Jesus, we must rest in and rely on his grace to overcome sin, daily.

But we are also instructed to remember that we are “fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, that we are “being fitted together” and “being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” This is all God’s doing and not ours. We are empowered to know that we are a kingdom of priests, that we are in the family of God, that we are no longer “common”! Hallelujah!! We live in his presence, we experience his love, and we are blessed in his grace!

For more on God’s Heart for You, check out the links below:

What Makes You Special?

The Hardest Thing

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