“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: (21) Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:20-21)
This message is to the child of God: Are you tired of this foreign land called “earth,” where we are passing through as pilgrims and strangers? Paul, in his epistle to the church at Philippi, reminded the saints that “our conversation is in heaven.” Let’s look at this word “conversation” and see what the Apostle is saying.
The Greek word for “conversation” is “politeuma” (pol-it’-yoo-mah); it means community, citizenship. If you were born in this great United States of America, you are called a U. S. citizen. In that same respect, if you were born into the family of God by the new birth (spiritually), you are a citizen in the Kingdom of God, and this is not your home.
When I think about our citizenship being in heaven, I can’t help but think about Abraham. This great man of faith was to leave his home and his family for a place that God would take him to, which Abraham knew nothing about. But he believed in God and in His Promise. Let’s look at the Book of Hebrews, chapter 11, verses 8-10, 13, and 16:
“(8) By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. (9) By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: (10) For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”
“(13) These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”
“(16) But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”
Praise be to God that we are not captive in this present evil world forever, but have great expectations of being with our Lord Jesus Christ, whom we are looking for.
And not only is our citizenship in heaven, but we get new bodies to go along with that citizenship. “Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body…” (Philippians 3:21a).
Are you tired of this sinful, vile, wretched, good-for-nothing body? Guess what! You will not have it, because this body will be changed. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). (Please read Romans 8:18-23.)
What a glorious day that will be! We wait with great expectation for our journey to our heavenly home; and the changing of this vile body to be fashioned like unto the glorious Body of Christ.
Hallelujah! Praise be unto God! I’m ready to go home. What about you?