Our Citizenship is in Heaven

  1. Introduction (Acts 16:37)
    • Paul describes himself as a Roman citizen...
    • He had never been there. (Acts 19:21; Rom. 1:10)
    • Like Paul in this way, Christians are citizens of a place that we have never been... (Phil. 3:17-21)
  2. "Our citizenship is in heaven" (Phil. 3:20)
    • Raised us up to be seated with Christ. (Eph. 2:1-7)
    • Into Christ's heavenly kingdom. (Col. 1:13-14)
    • Enrolled / written / registered in heaven (Heb. 12:22-23; cf. Rev. 21:27)
    • Mind / affections set there. (Col. 3:1-2)
    • Treasures stored up in heaven. (Mt. 6:19-21)
    • Our inheritance is found there. (1 Pet. 1:3-5)
    • Souls anchored there in hope. (Heb. 6:19-20)
  3. Both blessings and responsibilities...
    • Our belonging.
      • We are aliens here in this world (1 Pet. 1:3-5)
      • We won't "fit in," we don't "belong" here.
      • Though we don't belong, we must live here.
    • Our duty.
      • We must beware of worldly entanglements (1 Pet. 2:11; 2 Tim. 2:4) 
      • Such distractions can cost us our citizenship and the blessings that come with it.
      • "Keep... unstaned by the world" (James 1:27)
    • Our hope.
      • With a focus fixed firmly on heaven, we look forward to Christ's return. (Phil. 3:20-21)
      • A dreadful thing for those of this world, but a joyous thing for the citizens of heaven.
      • Will be "welcomed home", fulfilling our hope.
  4. Conclusion
    • Have you thru obedience to God's Word become a citizen in the kingdom of heaven? (Jn. 3:1-5)
    • Honestly, are you any different from the world?
    • Can you honestly say that you look forward to Christ's return?


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