Friday, July 10, 2020
What kind of Citizenship we have
. . fellow citizens with God’s people . . . Ephesians 2:19 What does it mean to say we are “citizens of heaven”?
It means that we are under heaven’s government. Christ, the king of heaven, reigns in our hearts—our daily prayer is, “your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10 ESV). We freely receive the proclamations that issue from the throne of glory; we cheerfully obey the decrees of the great King. Then, as citizens of the New Jerusalem, we share heaven’s honors. The glory that belongs to the happy saints who have gone before us belongs to us—for we are already children of God, already princes of the imperial bloodline. Already we wear the spotless robe of Jesus’s righteousness; already we have angels as our servants, saints as our companions, Christ as our Brother, God as our Father, and a crown of immortality as our reward. We share the honors of citizenship, for we have come to the assembly and church of the firstborn, those whose names are written in heaven. As citizens, we have common rights to all the property of heaven. Its gates of pearl and walls of chrysolite are ours; the sky-blue light of the city that needs no candle or sun is ours; the river of the water of life and the twelve kinds of fruit that grow on the trees planted by its banks are ours; there is nothing in heaven that does not belong to us. “Things present or things to come” (1 Corinthians 3:22 NKJV)—all are ours. As citizens of heaven, we also enjoy its delights. Are heaven’s residents rejoicing over sinners that repent, prodigals that have returned? So are we. Do they sing the glories of triumphant grace? We do the same. Do they cast their crowns at Jesus’s feet? Whatever honors we have, we cast at His feet too. Are they charmed with His smile? It is not less sweet to us who live below. Do they look forward, waiting for His second coming to earth? We also look, and long for His appearing. If we are indeed citizens of heaven, let our walk and actions be consistent with that great dignity. - C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening
We read all across social media about everything to do with people from rights to racism. That people deserve this or that, that their rights are violated. That they are owed this or that based on what people's ancestors did.
In Christ, if we are indeed praying that His will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven, what of all that in the here and now? Has the world changed so much that God's Word or Will doesn't apply?
In your silence or in your outspoken voice think on what your faith in God means if indeed you meant it by coming to Christ and are saved.
The rebirth of the Roman empire is upon us. This virus is what's paving the way for God's will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. This world isn't going to live on for centuries. It's likely that the Rapture of the Church will happen at some point in the near future. That being the case, there's somewhere just over 1,007 years left of this Universe as we know it.
Satan could not stop Scripture from being fulfilled at the coming of Jesus. Could not kill Him as a baby. Could not kill Him during His life. Could not kill Him in His ministry. Tried to kill Him on a cross...only to see Him arise from the dead 3 days later. Satan and mankind cannot stop God's will for humanity.
The Citizenship of believers is not of this world. We belong to God our Father in Heaven. We are now just visitors in this life. Satan's worst was thrown at Christ on Calvary. Death to a believer means instant transport to Christ's Throne in Heaven. No pain of it to be known or remembered.
There's no tears in Heaven. Jesus Himself comforts all who might have a tear to fall.
In this life Satan will try everything to get mankind to come together to oppose God. Read it in Revelation. Billions brought together to fight. In a spoken Word from Jesus it's over.
We have several generations now believing that the Government and races owe them. That they deserve more for free. Scripture says we deserve death. God's Word has never been broken. So guess what, if you have ever been born of mankind you're a deadman or deadwoman walking. You are born in sin. Only the gift of Salvation can change that death sentence. If your Citizenship is of mankind you are destined for Hell. If you have come to Christ, your Citizenship is of Heaven.
So where is yours? Jesus rightly called people sheep. Sheep are prone to wandering. They are prone to not questioning those around them. Prone to blindly accepting what the rest are doing around them. They have indeed proven they are in need of the Shepherd. They would rather believe so-called experts rather than God's Word. Many Christians fall into that category as well. Be careful of what you believe and live by. If looking at any part of history shows anything, at no time should any Government be blindly trusted for your wellbeing. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Doesn't give any percentages but as you read that it means only 100 percent of the time. Not shared with rulers or governments. He gave us brains above that of sheep. Following Christ is part of our Citizenship.
What are you doing to embrace your Citizenship? If in Christ are you taking full advantage of that? Or are you embracing that of the world?