Part 1 Citizenship
New Series called Citizen
Armies and Enemies
Philippians 3:17-21 and 4:1 (NKJV)
Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose
glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
Philippians 4:1 (NKJV)
Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved.
I pray that today’s message
transition from a head knowledge into a heart revelation
and through the power and the person of the Holy spirit
renew our minds and transform our lives with Your word
in the name of Jesus.
Hebrews 13:14 (NASB)
For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.
Revelation 21:2 (NASB)
And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.
Philippians 3:20 (NKJV)
For our citizenship is in heaven…
1 Peter 2:11 (NASB)
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.
What is a citizen?
Citizen: a legally recognized subject or national of a state or commonwealth, either native or naturalized. An inhabitant of a particular town or city.
Greek for Citizenship is politeuma meaning…
the administration of civil affairs or of a commonwealth
the constitution of a commonwealth, form of government and the laws by which it is administered
a state, commonwealth
the commonwealth of citizens
The old KJV uses the English word, “conversation” rather than “citizenship”.
Greek for Conversation/Conduct is ä-nä-stro-fā’: manner of life, conduct, behaviour
The word ä-nä-stro-fā’ or conduct, is used often in the NT and mostly references the worlds behavior or how the world sees believer’s behavior.
The word politeuma or citizenship, is unique and only used once in all of the bible in Philippians 3:20.
Q: Why is this? Because it encompasses much more that outward behavior.
Citizenship in the Kingdom of God is also a matter of the heart!
Romans 2:5-6 (NASB)
But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who will render to each person according to his deeds:
Repentance is the Key to Kingdom Citizenship
Matthew 3:2 (NKJV)
…“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
If you can repent, you can become a citizen in the Kingdom of heaven!
In fact, it is God’s desire that everyone would become a citizen of His Kingdom!
1. Everyone can be a citizen.
2 Peter 3:9 (NASB)
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
There is no other kingdom (nation/government) like God’s Kingdom.
3 Paths to US Citizenship
Citizenship by Birth (born in US)
Derivation or Acquisition of US Citizenship (Parent born in US)
Naturalization (Application process)
There is one thing that will keep anyone from citizenship, but I will wait to tell you that at the end of my message.
In God’s Kingdom there is only one path to citizenship…
John 3:1-21 (NKJV) Spiritual Rebirth
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit
[Jesus continues teaching Nicodemus about Spiritual things in VS 9-15…]
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
Every person is born an infant and every Christian is re-born a spiritual infant. That the way it’s supposed to be.
Matthew 18:3-6 (NKJV)
…“Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Every person is born an infant but expected to mature and grow into a responsible citizen.
Every Christian is re-born as an infant but is expected to mature and grow into a responsible citizen also!
1 Corinthians 13:11 (NKJV)
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
2. Every citizen has rights.
Every right comes with responsibilities.
1 Corinthians 10:23-33 (NIV)
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial.
“I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. 24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. 25 Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, 26 for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” 27 If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience.28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience. 29 I am referring to the other person’s conscience, not yours. For why is my freedom being judged by another’s conscience?30 If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for? 31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— 33 even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.
“They” are the focus of this passage on rights, not “me” or “I”!!
That is a very different way of thinking and that’s why Jesus said you must first repent before you can enter God’s Kingdom.
To repent is to change your mind or thinking!
In the God’s Kingdom, your rights end where another’s offense begins!
Our purpose as citizens in a foreign land is… so that they may be saved.
3. Everyone is not a citizen.
Remember The one thing that will keep you from citizenship? It is a criminal past.
Q: Did you know that before committed our lives to Jesus we were all criminals?
Colossians 1:21 (NKJV)
And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled
Romans 5:10 (NKJV)
For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
In a war, the loser becomes a criminal!
Make no mistake, going to church will not get you to heaven.
Being a good person will not save you.
Merely believing there is a God and that Jesus was a real historical figure will not keep you out of hell.
Q: Did you know that simply being a religious person doesn’t mean you know the Lord?
Matthew 7:21-23 (NKJV)
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Q: You may be thinking, “Pastor, if none of these things get me to heaven… what does?
Allen Deerman Story About Chase
Invitation for Salvation
It’s the surrender of your heart to God in the moment of knowing that you need a savior.
James 4:17 (NASB)
Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
If knowing and not doing is sin then knowing and acting on that knowledge is your salvation, but you must act now because the Holy Spirit has already appealed to you and you know it!
Just like little 8-year-old chase, he knew and he acted!
You may be thinking, “Well, he an 8-year-old boy, God would never send an 8-year-old boy to hell.” You know what, you’re right!
When Allen told me about Chase, honestly, my first thought was, “God, would you really send an 8-year-old boy to hell?”
Do you know what God said to me? “Mike, I don’t send people to hell. People choose to hell over eternity in heaven with me when in that moment of knowing they reject me for the things of this world and it brakes my heart… every single time! That’s why you have to become childlike in that moment to make heaven your home and Jesus your Lord.”
In his moment of knowing, Nicodemus almost reasoned his way out of heaven into hell.
But apparently that did not happen, because the last time we read about Nicodemus he was helping to prepare Jesus body for burial.
Little 8-year-old chase came to know Jesus at home with His dad at home and a much older Nicodemus came to know Jesus late at night because he had unanswered questions and so do you!
Right now is your moment of knowing! What will you do?
Will you repent and surrender to Christ, right now like Chase and Nicodemus?
Prayer for Salvation or Renewed Commitments
Heavenly Father, I thank you for sending your Son Jesus to die in my place so that I could live with you forever in heaven. I want to be a citizen of your Kingdom now and forever! I want to be the reason that others are saved so save me today! I believe in my heart that Jesus bore my sin on the cross so that I could be free. I believe that He supernaturally rose from the grave so that I could have everlasting life and I believe that He is coming again so I can live with Him forever in heaven! I repent of all my sins and I will never be the same, never, ever, never again! I AM SAVED!
Raise Hands if You Prayed That Prayer
Acts 2:38 (NKJV)
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.