WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CITIZEN OF HEAVEN?
The following is an excerpt from the book Morning & Evening written by Charles Spurgen
“Fellow-citizens with the saints” (Ephesians 2:19)
What is meant by our being citizens in heaven? It means that we are under heaven’s government. Christ, the King of Heaven, reigns in our hearts. Our daily prayer is, “Thy will be done on earth as it is heaven” (Matthew 6:10). The proclamations issued from the throne of glory are freely received by us. We cheerfully obey the decrees of the Great King. Then, as citizens of the new Jerusalem, we share heaven’s honors. The glory which belongs to beautified saints belongs to us, for we are already sons of God. We have Christ for our brother, God for our Father, and a crown of immortality for our reward. We share the honors of citizenship. We have common rights to all the property of heaven. Also, as citizens of heaven, we enjoy its delights. Do they there rejoice over sinners that repent-prodigals that have returned? So do we. Do they chant glories of triumphant grace? We do the same. Do they cast their crowns at Jesus’ feet? We cast our honors there too. Are they charmed with His smile? It is not less sweet to us who dwell below. Do they look forward, waiting for His second advent? We also look and long for His appearing. Since we are citizens of heaven, let our walk and actions be consistent with our high dignity.