2What does it mean to be a “citizen” of heaven? a native or naturalized member of a state or otherpolitical community (originally a city or town, thus“cityzen” but now usually referring to a country)Politeuma:“the condition, or life, of a citizen, citizenship;” itis said of the heavenly status of believers, “ourcitizenship (AV, “conversation”) is in heaven”;COMMONWEALTH (“community”)
3Oath of United States Citizenship 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.
4What does it mean to be a “citizen” of heaven? According to Jesus: members of a KINGDOMMatthew 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…”God’s Law delivered:Mount SinaiSermon on Mount“Mount Zion”Acts 1:1-8 – “…things pertaining to the kingdom…”Citizenship dictates behavior based on whothe king is; they are his laws which must beadhered; his laws are published, enforced
5The faithful of God have always lived this way! What does it mean to be a “citizen” of heaven?The faithful of God have always lived this way!Hebrews 11:8-10;11:13-16According to Apostles’ Doctrine: Practical citizenshipEphesians 2:1-7;Romans 6:16-18No longerwho you were!Ephesians 2:11-13 – “aliens from the commonwealth”Ephesians 2:19-22 – “you are no longer strangers andforeigners, but fellow citizens with the saints…members of the household of God…being builttogether 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”
6What does it mean to be a “citizen” of heaven? The Lord began to preach the kingdomby admonishing REPENTANCE: changed behaviorThe apostles continued to preach the kingdomby teaching the worthy conduct of a citizenCitizenship carries with it great reward:Protection – Acts 22:28; Rev. 21:4Privilege – Acts 25:11-12; Rev. 21:7
7What does it mean to be a “citizen” of heaven? The Lord began to preach the kingdomby admonishing REPENTANCE: changed behaviorThe apostles continued to preach the kingdomby teaching the worthy conduct of a citizenNon-citizenship carries with it great loss:Matthew 22:1-14 – “outer darkness”Revelation 21:8 – “the second death”
8What 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!