Eternal Citizens

By

J.M. Beatty

We, who have witnessed the ugliness and confusion of the 2000 election fiasco. All of us have felt the pain and frustration of seeing our beloved country divided over serious moral issues. It would be so easy to loose faith in our election process. Were does our loyalty belong? What county is our true home?

Strangers and Pilgrims

Heb 11:8-10 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. (9) By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: (10) For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (KJV)

Heb 11:13-16 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. (14) For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. (15) And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. (16) But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. (KJV)

Our spiritual fore-fathers understood that they were strangers and pilgrims on this earth. The Bible teaches that these saints of God sought a country in which God would prepare a city for them. A heavenly, holy city whose citizens are part of the body of Christ.

Heavenly Jerusalem

Heb 12:22-24 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, (23) To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, (24) And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. (KJV)

The Bible also teaches that our citizenship is in the heavenly Jerusalem, whose mediator, king and eternal high priest is Jesus Christ.

Fellowcitizens

Eph 2:19-22 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; (20) And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; (21) In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: (22) In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

The Bible also teaches that we are no more foreigners and strangers in God's kingdom, but we are fellowcitizens with all saints of God.

New Jerusalem

Rev 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. (KJV)

Rev 22:3-4 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: (4) And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. (KJV)

We see in New Jerusalem whose citizen are only those whose names are found written in the Lamb's book of life. In this holy city we will serve the continually day and night.

Final Thoughts

Does our citizenship in God's kingdom and His holy city change because a new president is elected in the United States?

Should our earthly country turn evil and institute persecution, does our responsibilities to Christ and His kingdom change?

We read the testimonies of these great giants of faith (Heb 11:32-40), and we will notice that they became great during trials and persecutions by their own government officials. The election of a new president does not change one bit our citizenship responsibilities to the kingdom of God. A godly president may allow us to minister with greater public acceptance, while a evil president my institute persecution. Our eternal citizenship is not in the United States of America, it is in a heavenly city whose builder and maker is God.