Tuesday, August 25, 2015

No Longer Aliens, But Citizens of His Kingdom

"And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: " (Colossians 1: 21)

At one time, all of us where aliens, or foreigners to God the Father.

Yet His Son Jesus came and reconciled us to Him:

"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ." (Ephesians 2: 13)

In fact, Paul calls all of us who believe in Jesus "fellow citizens":

"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;" (Ephesians 2: 19)

In the next passages, we learn about our citizenship in the Kingdom of Heaven, although rendered "conversation" in the King James Bible:

"Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;" (Philippians 1: 27)

and then

"For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:" (Philippians 3: 20)

Today, we are no longer aliens or strangers, but we are citizens in God's Kingdom through His Son Jesus, kings and priests (1 Peter 2: 9) through Jesus, the King of Kings and our High Priest Forever.

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