Read the passage with the notes.
11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)—12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
2:11-14 Before Christ came there was division between those who were “the circumcision” and “the uncircumcised.” Israel was the chosen people of God and the rest of the world was not. Then Christ came and broke down the walls between the Jews and the Gentiles, granting everyone the opportunity to be a part of Christ’s family by giving himself on the cross. Restoring hope to the world.
2:15-18 Paul reiterates that Christ’s coming, preaching and dying on the cross created a new world order that no longer segregated the Jews and the Gentiles but brought them together. Thus establishing peace and becoming one family in and through Christ.
2:19-20 Those who were formerly living outside of Christ have now been accepted and received as family. Going deeper, all have been accepted and can hold on to the foundation laid by “the apostles and prophets” and “Christ Jesus himself the chief cornerstone.” Living in God’s household comes with the responsibility of living a life that displays a faith in Christ and a yearning and striving to be more like Christ everyday.
2:21-22 We are the church, not buildings that are visited by people a few times a week. We are holy temples of the living God. Through cultivating our relationship with God we discover our God given skills, gifts and callings. God brings us all together to work alongside each other to further His kingdom.