But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives…– Philippians 3:20 (New Living Translation)
When you were born again, you became a bona fide citizen of heaven. You’re from the government of Zion, functioning in the earth as heaven’s ambassador. The Spirit of God plainly emphasized this through the writings of the Apostle Paul to the Church. Ephesians 1:21 says Jesus Christ has been set in the place of authority in the heavenly realms, not just above or near above, but “far” above all principality, and power; that is, every rulership or government, and the authority by which they govern.
The Wuest Translation renders it beautifully: it says Christ is seated “…over and above every government and authority and power and lordship….” You might say, “Yes, that’s Jesus, but how does that connect me?” Ephesians 2:1-6 gives us the connection. Part of it says, “And you hath he quickened…together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)…And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Notice your current location: you’ve been raised up together, and made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
This, therefore, means you’re from the government of heaven; you’re over and above every rulership or government, and the authority by which they govern. It doesn’t matter where you go in this world; wherever you find yourself, be conscious of your heavenly pedigree. When I go out, whether from one country to another or within an environment, I’m always conscious that I’m from the government of heaven. Carry that consciousness as well. You’re not an ordinary person.
Look beyond your natural citizenship, the country of your earthly nativity, to Zion, the real country of your birth. Psalms 87:4-5 shows that you were born in Zion. You’re far removed from the influences of demons, wickedness, perils and debilitating forces in this world.
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I’m seated with Christ in the place of authority, over and above every government, authority, power, lordship and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come. I’m over and above all circumstances of life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Ephesians 2:1-6; Matthew 17:5; Psalm 87:4-5