Wisdom has built her house;
she has hewn her seven pillars.
She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.
She has sent out her young women to call
from the highest places in the town,
“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
To him who lacks sense she says,
“Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
Leave your simple ways, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”
Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
For by me your days will be multiplied,
and years will be added to your life.
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself;
if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
The woman Folly is loud;
she is seductive and knows nothing.
She sits at the door of her house;
she takes a seat on the highest places of the town,
calling to those who pass by,
who are going straight on their way,
“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
And to him who lacks sense she says,
“Stolen water is sweet,
and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
But he does not know that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
(Proverbs 9 ESV)
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands—remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
(Ephesians 2 ESV)
Ephesians 2: In what is arguably one of the most powerful chapters of gospel truth found throughout the whole of Scripture, the apostle Paul works out the glorious implications of God’s grace as demonstrated through the work of Christ. Although we are all born by nature as “children of wrath”, God in His amazing love and awesome mercy has regenerated and transformed us into His own children so that we might experience the “immeasurable riches of His grace” throughout all of eternity in His presence. This radical rebirth and adoption into God’s family was purchased by the work of Christ and is received through a faith in Him that is also a gracious “gift of God”.
Man has nothing in and of himself to take pride in when it comes to his faith in Christ and a restored relationship with God. The gospel of Christ tears down the walls of religion and irreligion. The gospel of Christ tears down the walls of race and ethnic privileges. The gospel of Christ tears down the walls of gender and generational influence. The gospel of Christ tears down the walls of social classes, cultural biases and national borders. According to the gospel of Christ, we are ALL reconciled to God in one body as one new people through the cross of Christ and thereby killing any reason for hostility and prejudices.
Therefore, we are all the workmanship of God being joined together to create a new holy temple and dwelling place of God with Christ our Lord as the cornerstone of the entire structure. We all have been granted access to the Father no matter our pedigree and without any prerequisites through the work of Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit. There are no strangers in the Kingdom of God, but rather we are all fellow citizens with the saints, prophets and apostles as members of the household of God.
Therefore, may we repent and recognize that there is no warrant for any pride among the household of God but only praise for the God of our salvation who has brought ALL of us back near to Him by the blood of Christ.