Fellow citizen with the saints?
Focus: Ephesians 2:19 - KJV
19. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
A person who is born of the Spirit, like Christ no longer belong to the world. He has his citizenship in the Kingdom of God or, if you like, in the household of God where the saints belong. Those who are not born of the Spirit but of the flesh and still operate in the flesh are citizens of the world which ordinarily is being deceived up and down by the enemy who seeks to take the reins thereof and retain it having lost the power over it to the Lord Jesus Christ. So, from the moment a man becomes born again, having resolved to live in Christ, he ceases to be a stranger to God into whose Kingdom he is admitted as a citizen.
Citizenship is highly priced on earth. Citizens of individual countries have and do enjoy great regards from their countries as against non-citizens who are considered aliens, strangers or foreigners. The foreigner does not carry the identity passport of the country like the citizen. Some strangers do naturalize to become citizens if they meet the criteria set up to do so. In the household of God, the criteria to move from being strangers to being citizens is believing in the finished work of salvation by Christ Jesus, accepting the Lordship of Christ and agreeing to live in accordance with His commands. Unlike strangers who are not admitted into the Kingdom, the admitted new citizens become fellow citizens with the saints. Every right available to the regular saints become available to them. Invariably, like the saints, and because they are also reckoned as saints, they have unfettered access to the throne of grace by which they have rulership with the other saints in the light over everything that obtains on earth. Why this is not showing forth in the lives of those who claim to be born again? Let’s please ask them. Perhaps if we start to be more practical about what we believe, the world will know us more and much better for who we are, fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God.
I pray today that as we embrace Christ our foundation and remain steadfast in Him, the Lord will open to us the benefits of being citizens of His household in the name of Jesus Christ. As we have obtained passport of the Kingdom, may we never be denounced therefrom in the name of Jesus. We can do better by also ensuring our status entices many more to the Kingdom. What shall it be?