Two Kingdoms

Philippians 3:20, But our citizenship is in Heaven, and from it we await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ…

As Christians, we are citizens of God’s kingdom. As Paul wrote to the Colossians, in Christ God the Father has “delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son” (1:13). But here, to the Philippians, Paul is exhorting them not to trust in earthly things (3:19). We are citizens of God’s kingdom who are living in the Devil’s kingdom, though we have been delivered (rescued) from it. This is why the Church looks and lives so radically different than the rest of the world, because we are citizens of a completely alien world—the kingdom of God. When the world looks at us, we look weird—we are alien to them. They do not fathom why we sing praises to God, why we pray before every meal, why we pray when we wake and lie down to sleep, and why we are content to live as we are no matter our socioeconomic status. When I was an unbeliever, I remember how weird these looked and how annoying Christians were in their unfounded joy. But now that I am a fellow citizen of God’s kingdom, I understand completely as I share in the joy of the Lord.

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