The Benefits of Citizenship in God's Kingdom
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In these uncertain times, we can take comfort in belonging to a kingdom that has no end,
whose builder and maker is God ()
He will never leave or forsake us. His covenant, made through the blood of Jesus, remains sure. God has adopted us as His children forever.
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
It can also be translated, “You are all children of God.” In Rome, women could not own or inherit property. Yet in God’s kingdom, we all have full entitlement and equal inheritance.
The passage continues:
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (vv. 27-29)
Down through the ages, God’s covenants remain unchanged. His covenant with Abraham still stands:
“In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” ()
The covenant of the law given to Moses at Sinai is still in effect, forming the basis of our modern understanding of right and wrong.
Above all, I praise God for the new covenant made through Christ. His blood cleanses us from every sin and makes us righteous—giving us right standing in His kingdom.
Under this new covenant, we are to seek the kingdom of God. Jesus tells us in the Lord’s prayer:
“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (KJV)
Jesus also says in,
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow.”
When we seek first the dominion of God and His will, and also our right standing in that kingdom, everything else will be added unto us.
Paul explains in,
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
It is amazing to realize that Paul is writing this letter in prison—where he also describes himself as possessing all things (6:9)
Jesus is our inheritance. Everything He has is ours—not just in some far-off time, but where we are right now. All the fullness of God is within us today because we are full-fledged citizens in His eternal kingdom. God bless you.
Scripture is quoted from the NKJV except as noted.
© Copyright Gordon Robertson
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