By Bill Boldham
There are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for Him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like His own, using the same power with which He will bring everything under His control.” Philippians 3:18-21
The citizens of this world are scurrying around, trying in every way to “cancel the culture”. But, they’re willingly ignorant of the truth that God cancelled this present culture a long time ago. In the hour that Adam gave up his authority to Satan, God placed this earth under a curse. So, all of the rewriting of history, all of the pulling down of statues, all of the changing and deleting of names and places, amounts to someone frantically rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic as it sank into the deep.
This present world is headed for a fate far worse than the Titanic. “…The heavens and the earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly…Both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” 2 Peter 3:6-10 there are only two nations of people on this earth: the citizens of this present earth and the citizens of heaven. Earthly citizens plot and plan, toil and sweat to obtain stuff which will all be left behind in a moment of time; God is providing a future for His citizens that will last forever.
Here, the citizens of heaven have no culture; our culture was nailed to the cross. The moment Jesus Christ entered our hearts, we willingly gave up all rights and ties to this present world and confess we are but strangers and pilgrims passing through. The world hates, mistreats, persecutes and kills the citizens of heaven because we are subjects of the King of kings, and to Him alone we pledge our allegiance.
But one day that will all change. Before the earth is destroyed, the Lord Jesus will return to this earth with His citizens, and on that day, “The Lord will be King over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and His name the only name.” Zechariah 14:9 On that day, His citizens will rule and reign with Him. “The sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey Him.” Daniel 7:27
Prior to that day, the citizens of heaven are going to be dressed with heavenly clothing; they will be transformed. They are going to be given new bodies that will look like Jesus. Their new bodies will be immortal, incorruptible and glorious. We are told exactly how that will happen and when.
“The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 And Paul tells us that, at that time, in the twinkling of an eye, we shall be changed” 1 Corinthians 15:52
For that day we eagerly await!
Brother Bill is a Bible teacher and can be contacted at email@example.com