“Citizens of Heaven”
I often warned you that many people are living as enemies of the cross of Christ. And now with tears in my eyes, I warn you again that they are headed for hell! They worship their stomachs and brag about the disgusting things they do. All they can think about are the things of this world. But we are citizens of Heaven and are eagerly waiting for our Savior to come from there. Our Lord Jesus Christ has power over everything, and He will make these poor bodies of ours like His own glorious body. Philippians 3:18-21
The Apostle Paul’s letter to the believers in Philippi expresses his love and concern for their spiritual well-being. He encouraged them to follow his example. (v.17) He WARNED them of the many people, who were, in essence, ‘false teachers,’ and enemies of the cross of Christ, and were in a self-destruction mode. They worshipped their stomachs, in other words, they were more concerned about their physical desires and gross gluttony than anything else. They bragged about their sinful, disgusting escapades, and their hearts and minds were set on worldly things.
Paul was concerned to tears and offered encouragement, along with the warning. He reminds the believers that they are CITIZENS OF HEAVEN, and are EAGERLY awaiting the return of their Savior. The Lord Jesus Christ, who has POWER over EVERYTHING, and with that POWER, He will change their POOR bodies to be like His own GLORIOUS body. This is the future event for EVERY TRUE BELIEVER, today.
We too are CITIZENS OF HEAVEN, and are EAGERLY awaiting the return of our SAVIOR, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, who will change these POOR, EARTHLY bodies into GLORIFIED bodies, just like His. In the meantime we NEED to be about God’s business, and be a LIGHT in the DARKNESS. We as TRUE, MATURE BELIEVERS, NEED to set a proper example before those who are struggling with living as a believer in this sin-ridden world. We NEED to reinforce the tenets of their SALVATION, and help them MATURE into the TRUE BELIEVER, they are called to be.
If you have not given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are like the ‘false teachers and are in the ‘self-destruction’ mode. You are headed for Hell and all the horrible facets of that place. However, you NOW have the opportunity to change your destination and join the Family of God, by: CONFESSING your sins to Him and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE, in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, the ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and become a bonafide Citizen of Heaven. Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!