Tag: heavenly citizenship
Scripture reading for December 3rd: Philippians 1-4
Paul is in prison for preaching the Gospel. He writes to the church in Philippi, thanking God for them and encouraging them! Paul is confident that the God who began a good work in them will see it through to the day of Christ’s return. (Philippians 1:6) Paul prayed for these believers to grow in love for God as they grew in personal knowledge and insight of what was pleasing to God. Paul prayed that they would be found blameless and pure when Christ appeared. (Philippians 1:9-11)
Paul’s view of life was different after his conversion experience. He counted all of his old life as rubbish for the sake of Christ. (Philippians 3:7-14) Paul’s sole desire was to be found in Christ and be clothed with Christ’s righteousness which came by faith, not by keeping the law. He wanted to attain to the resurrection of the dead and pressed on to take hold of eternal life by obeying Christ. He focused on what was ahead, making it his goal to win the prize. He knew that he was not there yet, but must keep on moving toward Christ.
Paul explained this in yet another way. “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.” (Philippians 3:20-21) Although Paul had appealed to Rome because of Roman citizenship, he viewed heaven as his true home now. Citizens have rights and privileges, as well as responsibilities. A responsibility of a citizen of Heaven is to be watching for his heavenly King to come! When He comes, there will be an instant transformation of our lowly bodies! We will put off this earthly body and receive a glorious body, like our Savior’s ! We will also receive rewards for living a life of faith.
Christ had the power to lay His life down and the power to take it back up again. He rose again, defeating death! In His victory, we are promised victory! He has given us His promise and power in the person of the Holy Spirit living in us. He enables us to focus on the goal and prize–eternity in Christ’s heavenly presence! Lift up your head, Redemption is drawing near!