Ephesians 2:19-22 Communities of Grace

Paul uses three explicit images to describe the community of faith that attends our inclusion in Chirst. These images grow in intimacy as Paul offers the analogy of citizenship, family, and stones of the Temple. 

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
— Ephesians 2:19-22