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Citizen’s Of Heaven

on January 10, 2015

CITIZENS OF HEAVENMemory Verse: Philippians 3:20

Life Application: A believer’s true citizenship is in heaven.

Bible Text:

Philippians 3:20

Ephesians 2:19

I Kings 8:61

Matthew 6:24

1 Peter 2:9

2 Corinthians 1:12

 

 

Christians are not citizens of this world, their allegiance is owed to God, not the country in which they live, they belong to a different group (they are a peculiar people), and they are not in agreement with the world’s standards or morals.

Philippians 3:20 NKJV

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ ”

As a Christian we are not citizens of this world. Our time on earth is only temporary. One day every person, regardless of if they are saved or not will go to the place they are a citizen of. Some will go to heaven and some will go to hell. It all depends on where their true citizenship is.

Ephesians 2:19 NKJV

“ Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God ”

Christians are not of this world although they are in the world. A Christian’s true citizenship is in heaven as a member of God’s family. Since a Christian’s is not a citizen of the world, the world has no legal rights over them.

As a Christian our allegiance is owed to God, not the country in which we live. When we accept the gift of salvation and make Jesus the Lord of our lives, we make a vow of allegiance to God. Although the vow is not always spoken aloud we still make it and it is still legally binding. At salvation we become a citizen of heaven we owe our loyalty to God, and we have obligations to Him and His government that He has placed over us. We are required to be faithful to Him and to His causes.

Allegiance – the loyalty owed by a citizen to his country; obligation of a subject to his ruler or government; faithfulness to a person, cause, etc.; loyalty; fidelity.

Loyal – true and faithful to love, promise, duty, or other obligations ; faithful to one’s king, government, or country.

Obligation – duty under the law; promise; binding legal agreement; bond; contract.

I Kings 8:61 NKJV

“Let your heart therefore be loyal to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and keep His commandments, as at this day.”

Loyal is being true and faithful to love, to a promise, to a duty, or other obligation. It is also being faithful to those in authority over you. Citizens of heaven cannot be loyal to both God and the world. The world and God have opposing values, morals, and standards.

Matthew 6:24 NKJV

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

Ruth is a good example of loyalty. Ruth was determined to remain loyal to Naomi no matter what. God blessed Ruth for her loyalty. Ruth found favor in the sight of man because of her love and sense of duty toward Naomi. Later, God provided a new husband (Boaz) for Ruth.

Another example of loyalty was Elisha. He would not abandon Elijah. Elisha made a promise that he would not leave Elijah’s side. Elisha was determined to keep his promise no matter what might happen. Elisha received a double potion of the anointing that was upon Elijah as a direct result of his loyalty to Elijah. Elisha was at Elijah’s side when God took Elijah to heaven. If we remain faithful and loyal to God, we too will be rewarded.

As a Christian we belong to a different group (we are a peculiar people). Christians are God’s own special people. The Bible calls them peculiar which means out of the ordinary; unusual; belonging to one person or thing and not to another; special; distinctive.

1 Peter 2:9 NKJV

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

As a Christian we are not in agreement with the world’s standards or morals. There is a difference between a Christian’s standards and morals than that of the world. A Christian must have good character and conduct and be virtuous. Not only will a Christian understand the difference between right and wrong, they will strive to do right even if it costs them something.

People with good moral conduct have a good influence on others. They behave as Christ in matters of right and wrong.

Moral – good in character or conduct; virtuous; capable of understanding right and wrong.

2 Corinthians 1:12 NKJV

“Now, this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have not done so according to worldly wisdom but according to God’s grace”

Review

1. Christians…

* are not _______________ of this world.

* allegiance is owed to __________.

* are a __________________ people.

* are not in agreement with the world’s ____________________ or morals.

2. Our time on earth is only temporary. What does that mean?

3. One day some people will go to heaven and some will go to hell. What determines where they go?

4. A Christian’s true citizenship is in heaven as a _______________ of God’s family.

5. At salvation we become a citizen of heaven we owe our _________________ to God.

6.What are some obligations that Christians have to God?

7. What does allegiance mean?

8. What does obligation mean?

9. The world and God have __________________ values, morals, and standards.

10. Give examples of loyal people in the Bible.

11. There is a __________________ between a Christian’s standards and morals than that of the world.

12. A Christian must have good character and conduct and be virtuous. What does virtuous mean?

 

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