Summary: As Christians we have rights and responsibilities to heaven and to earth. As Dual Citizens How then should we live in light of the Gospel?
Abraham was known as the father of the faith to the Israelites. He was called a wandering Aramean. As he stuck out from Ur of the Chaldeans he became a person without a home a foreigner wherever he stayed. Even when he arrived in the land that was promised by God he was called a ger. In Hebrew that means a sojourner a stranger in a foreign land.
Hebrews 13 tells us that Abraham and those following him died without receiving the promise, the foretold messiah. However, looking forward he saw the promise of Jesus and welcomed the promise from a distance. Not only welcomed the promise but confessed that he and the ones that went before him were strangers and exiles on the earth.
Abraham had a heavenly citizenship, yet even though he had a heavenly citizen ship he was a citizen also of this planet.
Abraham had a dual citizenship. He was first and foremost a heavenly citizen and secondly a citizen of the planet earth.
There are only a handful of ways to become a dual citizen. Usually your citizenship is based no descent, (Jew), place of birth, (US), marriage, and or naturilization.
· You can become a citizen of a country by something called in latin Ius soli, right of the soil, being born in a specific country.
· Or one or both of your parents can were citizens of the country ius sanguinis, “right of blood.”
· You married a citizen of the country.
· You go through the process to become a citizen (naturalization).
Why would it be important for us to know whether or not we have dual citizenship? As it is coming time to elect our officials to this county, state, and national office we must know how to apply our citizenship.
Let’s look at Philippians 3.20
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Paul is finishing up his argument to the Christians in Philippi about the Jews. He has called them false teachers and tells us in verse 19 that their minds are set no earthly things.
I. Dual citizenship means Look Up
A) Our Focus should be on Heavenly things
1) Paul uses the word we translate “citizenship”, in KJV says heavenly conversation, footnote or margin notes say literally “citizenship”
i) “Our citizenship is in heaven”
1) What does it mean to have citizenship.
i)The word reference dictionary defines it as “the status of a citizen with rights and duties.”
ii) The hyper dictionary takes it even further
The role of a citizen ’entails a status, a sense of loyalty, the discharge of duties and the enjoyment of rights not primarily in relation to another human being, but in relation to an abstract concept, the state’.
ii) We as citizens of heaven then have not only rights but duties.
2) What rights do we have.
i) The right to Life – Jesus came that we might have life
ii) The right to Liberty – James 1.25 Jesus is the law of liberty.
a) James 2.12 – speak and act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty.
b) Judgement seat of Jesus.
iii) The right to Pursuit of happiness
b) Psalm 16.11 – true happiness, fullness of joy comes from the presence of God.
Pleasures forever, (heavenly)
c) Psalm 30.5 Weeping may last through the night