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February 4th, 2018 - Phil 3:19-20

                      Daily Devotional <> February 4, 2018 <> Sunday

                       Follow my example - 2 <> Philippians 3: 19-20

                           Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van winkle

 

   These men were destined to eternal damnation, meaning the judgment of God in the lake of fire.

   Their god was themselves; meaning all their appetites were to glorify themselves. Their glory was in their shame. They boasted in the very things they should have been ashamed of <> such as, their nakedness & immoral behavior. Their minds were occupied with earthly things. For them the most important things in life were food, clothing, honor, comfort, & pleasure. Eternal issues & heavenly things did not inner into their thinking. They went on as if they were going to live forever, & that's what we should do but with the mind of Christ. We are to occupy until He comes!

 

   The Apostle Paul, now compares the heavenly minded attitude of the true believer. At the time the Epistle was written, Philippi was a colony of Rome  (Acts 16:12) The Philippians were citizens of Rome, enjoying its protection & privileges. But they were also citizens of their local government. Against all this the Apostle Paul reminds them that their citizenship is in heaven.

   This does not mean that we are not also citizens of the country we live in. Other Scriptures clearly teach that we are to be subject to governments because they are ordained by God (Romans 13:1-7). As believers we should be obedient to the government in all matters not expressly forbidden by the Lord The Philippians owed allegiance to the local magistrates, & also to the emperor in Rome. So as believers we have responsibilities to earthly governments, but our first loyalty is to the Lord in heaven.

   Not only are we citizens of heaven, but we also eagerly wait for the Savior from heaven. Eagerly wait for is pretty strong language to express the earnest expectation of something we know as believers is going to take place.

   Apparently Paul, Like a lot of us feel that the Lord could come in our lifetime & there is no record that Paul feels he will first go through the tribulation. Paul had lots of tribulation during his life, but never considered that as the Great tribulation. Paul says, our citizenship is in heaven; from whence we look for the Savior, he does not say after we go through the real tribulation. No where does it say the church is going through the Great tribulation. Paul's joyful expectancy makes it very clear that he was looking for Christ's return, not the Great tribulation.