THURSDAY August 16, 2018
Citizens of Heaven
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”
1 Corinthians 15:53-55
Is death is swallowed up in defeat? No! In victory! This is a victory for the Church! The Apostle Paul reaffirmed the hope of the Resurrection and the hope of our earthly bodies being transformed into glorious bodies:
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself (Philippians 3:20-21).
The Old Testament saints, Abel, Enoch, Noah and Abraham, understood that they were pilgrims on this earth. They were just passing through:
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth (Hebrews 11:13). …they desire a better, that is, country, a heavenly country. Wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city (Hebrews 11:16).
Abraham knew the promises of God. He looked forward to eternity with God: For he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God (Hebrews 11:10). What are you looking forward to in this journey of life?
Christians have a dual citizenship on earth and in heaven––and our citizenship in heaven ought to make us better people here on earth.
~Warren W. Wiersbe~
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