Archive for April 2010

I Am … Who and What God Says I Am! – The Divine Reckoning of the Renewed Mind, Part 18

April 6, 2010

I Am … Translated

Who … has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son (Colossians 1:13).

I am translated. This is who and what Father says I am.

Many in Christendom are caught up in an earthly citizenship. They are so easy distracted by the crosscurrents of the gentile “elements of the world” (Galatians 4:3), for truly “the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing” (Psalm 2:1; Acts 4:25).

Satan currently has been appointed the “god of this world” (II Corinthians 4:4). God uses him as an instrument to set up and remove the kingdoms and the rulers of the world to fulfill His purpose of the ages.

[God] changes the times and the seasons: He removes kings, and sets up kings … (Daniel 2:21).

… The most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever He will. (Daniel 4:17, 25, 32; 5:21).

It is God Who directs the affairs of this earth, including the political realm, and He uses the instrumentality of the Adversary to accomplish His purpose among the nations, bringing them all to vanity.

Let them be confounded and troubled for the future; yes, let them be put to shame, and perish: that men may know that You, Whose name alone is Jehovah, are the most high over all the earth (Psalm 83:18).

And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and [God] does according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, “What have You done?” (Daniel 4:35).

Thus the Lord Jesus Christ said to Pilate,

You could have no power at all against Me, except it were given you from above (John 19:11).

God, however, has translated me from the vain kingdoms of this world into the glorious kingdom of His dear Son. This world is not my homeland, as I am a citizen of the commonwealth of heaven.

For our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20, KJV margin).

… Our citizenship in the heavens … (Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible, 1868).

… Our citizenship is in the heavens … (Young’s Literal Translation, 1898).

… Our commonwealth has its existence in the heavens … (Darby Translation, 1890).

With thanksgiving I embrace the fact that I have been divinely “transported” into His celestial-domain. Thus, I am a “fellow-citizen with the saints” (Ephesians 2:19) – a foreigner here, a citizen of the high-realm.

J.C. O’Hair (1876-1958) wrote the following in his work Ambassadors of Reconciliation:

The word “conversation” here [in Philippians 3:20] could be translated “citizenship” or even “politics” … The citizenship and politics of every representative of Christ is in heaven … The believer is in the world, but not of the world. Unto him has been committed the Word of reconciliation. To him is given the ministry of reconciliation.

Bill (William) Petri, also adds his voice to this discussion in his work Government, War, and the Christian (2008, p. 11):

The word “conversation” in Philippians 3:20 is an interesting word. It is the Greek word “politeuma” and means “the commonwealth of citizens.” It is interesting that in the English language we take our word politic from this Greek word.

David C. Pack, in Do Christians Vote?, also shares the meaning of the word politeuma and its application to Paul’s use of the phrase “Body of Christ”:

The Greek word for citizenship is politeuma. “Politics” comes from this word! Christians do have a “political agenda,” but it is not of this world.

Paul teaches us that, as members of Christ’s Body we already have a citizenship, and it is in heaven. Our government is there; our King is there; our politics are there.

I do not belong to an earthly kingdom; mine is a heavenly one.

… The Lord … will preserve me unto His heavenly kingdom … (II Timothy 4:18).

Earthly rulers are not mine; Christ is my King and only Potentate.

… Our Lord Jesus Christ … Who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords (I Timothy 6:14-15).

This celestial kingdom is my calling:

That you would walk worthy of God, Who has called you to His kingdom and glory (I Thessalonians 2:12).

I am who and what Father says I am.

I am translated.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2010


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