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We Are Citizens of Heaven!

by Larry Miles

“For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which we eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus,” (Phil. 3:20).

We thank God that the Holy Spirit inspired the writers of the Bible to write in terns that we can understand. Most of us are familiar with the word “citizenship.” We understand that we are citizens of the United States of America. We are “Americans.” We further understand that this right has many responsibilities and duties as well as privileges. We are to obey the Laws of the land.

The Apostle Paul’s use of the word “citizenship” in Phil. 3:20 has great importance for us in a spiritual way. Since we are “in Christ,” and therefore, a Christian, we have certain responsibilities and privileges.

The Lord Jesus instructed us: “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” We have a responsibility to our King. Christians make up the Kingdom of God in this present age. This means that we are to claim all the benefits of citizenship. The New Testament is our Constitution. On its pages we find out how to live for the Lord of Glory.

In Phil 3:20 we’re portrayed as “eagerly waiting for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” This means that while we are giving Christ the honor and obedience He deserves, we are to be living our lives in expectation of the return of the Lord Jesus. Do you believe that He could come today? If not, then you better change your attitude. Live as if He would come day. But also be active for Him and steadfast in your service.

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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:10