Our citizenship is in heaven

We believers are not citizens of this world. Our allegiance transcends national or cultural boundaries. On this earth, we are strangers and aliens.



We are pilgrims on this earth. It is a temporary sojourn. The world is not our real home.

It is commendable for Christians to be patriots of the nation where they are citizens.

However, their true citizenship is in heaven, not in a specific nation. Christians can live and thrive in any culture, any nation, any language.

And yet many Christians  behave as though their primary citizenship were their nation. And that they define the cultural norm. The definition of a loyal citizen. And that others need to be suppressed.



Leviticus 25:23. The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine; for you are strangers and live as foreigners with me.

1 Chronicles 29:15. For we are strangers before you and foreigners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is no remaining.


John 15:19. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, since I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

John 17:16. They are not of the world even as I am not of the world.

Philippians 3:20. For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

1 Peter 2:11. Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.

Hebrews 11:13. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them and embraced them from afar, and having confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.


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