Citizenship, Part Two
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Citizenship, Part Two

Philippians 3:17-4:1  (ID: 3305)

By birth or naturalization, Christians are the citizens of many nations and are obligated to submit to the authorities that God has put in place. By adoption and new birth, however, we are citizens of God's kingdom. Alistair Begg encourages us to remember that our citizenship on earth is temporary and fleeting, but our citizenship in heaven is fixed on the reliable promises of God. Because Jesus has triumphed, we can face the future with steadfast certainty that when he returns, we will be gloriously transformed.


17Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

1Therefore, my brothers,1 whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

1Therefore, my brothers,1 whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.