Monday, October 19, 2009

Citizens of Heaven

"Whatever happens,
as citizens of heaven
live in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ."
(Philippians 1:27 TNIV)

Though Phillipi
was some 600 miles away from Rome, it was still a colony of Rome. Though they lived in Philippi in Macedonia, these people were citizens of the Roman Empire. They didn’t want to speak the language of Macedonia; they wanted to speak the language of Rome. When they put their children in bed at night, they did not tell them stories of Macedonia; they told them stories of the glory of Rome.

Paul uses this unique reality of Phillipi being a Roman colony to vividly communicate to them what it meant to live as "citizens" of heaven. The good news that they could actually hope and expect to live on earth - in the here and now - as citizens of heaven.

Philippians: Citizens of Heaven_Week Five from Jerrell Jobe on Vimeo.

1 comment: said...

Very encouraging... kind of like when Paul encouraged us that since we lived in the Spirit we should walk in the Spirit. There really is so much accessible to us as believers that if we don't slow down and tune in we could easily miss the reminders and tugging of God.

Glad your posting these so your South Bend family can all join in:)