When Mary was told she would be with child, and this baby was to be none other than God, she was curious how this would happen. She was told she would become pregnant via the Holy Spirit's power. From that time she carried the Christ within her.

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In Ephesians 4:13 it states "This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ." (NLV)

What is going to continue? The previous verses tell us, it is the giving of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. These are the gifts of grace given to the Body of Christ in Christ's ascension. These are not given before Jesus ascended, but in his ascension, that is while he is seated at the Father's right hand in heaven.

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The Bible tells us in Galatians 3:28 that there is “no jew or greek” if we are in Christ. Additionally there is no male or female, slave or free either. The things that identify us as temporary residents in this world, are replaced by a new identify in Christ.

If you were going to ask the question, “what nation do I belong to?” You would have to consider that actually we belong to the kingdom of God. Our identity isn’t found in being Australian, Indonesian, or any type of Asian, Indian or African. Our identity is as children of God.

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