Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Our Citizenship Is In Heaven

- "They"--the enemies of the cross (they're against everything for which the cross stands). Their destiny is destruction. Their god (the supreme object of their concern) is their stomach (referring not only to gluttony but also to all sensual indulgences). Their glory is in their shame because what they think is freedom is actually bondage to shameful lusts. Their mind dwells on earthly matters. In Life Application Study Bible, the commentary says, "Paul criticized not only the Judaizers, but also the self-indulgent Christians, people who claim to be Christians but don't live up to Christ's model of servanthood and self-sacrifice. These people satisfy their own desires before even thinking about the needs of others. Freedom in Christ does not mean freedom to be selfish. It means taking every opportunity to serve and to become the best person you can be."

- But our citizenship is in Heaven. This world is not our home. One day we will experience all the special privileges of our heavenly citizenship because we belong to Jesus.

- We eagerly expect Jesus's return. At His appearance, He will transform our lowly bodies (the body which now clothes our mortal existence, subject to pain, physical limitations, or disabilities) into glorious bodies just like His resurrected body. This transformation requires supernatural power, that same power necessary to bring everything under His control.

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