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Revelation 21:1-7. What does it mean to be a citizen of heaven? Citizen: a native or naturalized member of a state or other political community (originally.

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1 Revelation 21:1-7

2 What does it mean to be a citizen of heaven? Citizen: a native or naturalized member of a state or other political community (originally a city or town, thus cityzen but now usually referring to a country) Politeuma: the condition, or life, of a citizen, citizenship; it is said of the heavenly status of believers, our citizenship (AV, conversation) is in heaven; COMMONWEALTH (community)

3 I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God. Oath of United States Citizenship

4 What does it mean to be a citizen of heaven? According to Jesus: members of a KINGDOM Matthew 4:12-17 – Repent, for the kingdom… Matthew 5:3-10 – …for theirs is the kingdom… John 18:33-37 – You say rightly that I am a king… Acts 1:1-8 – …things pertaining to the kingdom… Citizenship dictates behavior based on who the king is; they are his laws which must be adhered; his laws are published, enforced Gods Law delivered: Mount Sinai Sermon on Mount Mount Zion

5 What does it mean to be a citizen of heaven? According to Apostles Doctrine: Practical citizenship Ephesians 2:11-13 – aliens from the commonwealth Ephesians 2:19-22 – you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints… members of the household of God…being built together for a dwelling place of God… Ephesians 4:1-6 – walk worthy of the calling… Philippians 1:27-30 – let your conduct be worthy… Philippians 3:17-21 – …our citizenship is in heaven Ephesians 2:1-7; Romans 6:16-18 No longer who you were! The faithful of God have always lived this way! Hebrews 11:8-10; 11:13-16

6 What does it mean to be a citizen of heaven? The Lord began to preach the kingdom by admonishing REPENTANCE: changed behavior The apostles continued to preach the kingdom by teaching the worthy conduct of a citizen Citizenship carries with it great reward: Protection – Acts 22:28; Rev. 21:4 Privilege – Acts 25:11-12; Rev. 21:7

7 What does it mean to be a citizen of heaven? The Lord began to preach the kingdom by admonishing REPENTANCE: changed behavior The apostles continued to preach the kingdom by teaching the worthy conduct of a citizen Non-citizenship carries with it great loss: Matthew 22:1-14 – outer darkness Revelation 21:8 – the second death

8 What does it mean to be a citizen of heaven? Are YOU a citizen of HEAVEN? Does your CONDUCT betray your loyalty? Matthew 6:24 [U.S. oath] – cannot serve two masters WHOM are you serving? Galatians 3:26-29 – you can become a son, heir, and fellow citizen today!


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