But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, Philippians 3:20
Verse 20 has the word “savior” that we are going to look at today, but verse 21 really explains how Jesus will save us.
who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Philippians 3:21
All this talk of Jesus saving us and we haven’t really talked about what that will look like. We know again from yesterday, that He saves us from our past, present and future and the verses today really talk about what that looks like in the future.
This verse is really spot-on for our world today. We are so focused on the problem of COVID-19 and how it is affecting us individually and globally that we forget who is in control.
Jesus brings everything under his control through God’s power
by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control
This means that everything in this world is in His control.
The virus, this pandemic, the shift in schooling, the economy, the new ways of parenting, EVERYTHING.
Everything is under His control. God is the creator of all things, and everything is in His control. (now some people have different theories on where this virus came from and if it is from God or from pure evil) I choose not to let my mind go there, I have control of my mind and my thoughts, and I want to encourage you to do the same.
You have control of your thoughts and can filter through each idea from the mindset of Christ.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
As a result our fear can be controlled and redirected into obedience to Christ. Instead of focusing on the “here” and “now” we can take comfort in knowing and looking towards eternity.
To understand that our pain and suffering is not in vain gives us the understanding that better, much better is yet to come.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
We put our hope and faith in our Savior to save us in this world (temporary) and to save us and bring us into heaven (eternal).
Not only are we saved through Jesus and brought into eternity, but we don’t enter as fallible humans, we enter transformed into HIS glory!
transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
This is amazing picture for me, and considering how “lowly” is translated from the root word, “tapeinoó” to mean “of low state” or “humbled”.
Our bodies are humbled, not that we do the humbling, but Christ does the humbling for us in transforming us into His image.
We are delivered into eternity through Him. He saves us and rescues us, but that’s only a small piece of the picture as we are transformed into His image (I know I keep saying that, but I’m seriously in awe every time I think about it!)
So friends, that is where our true citizenship lies, not here in this fallen and broken world, but in Heaven. Through the power of Jesus Christ who delivered us from our sin and delivered us into where our true treasure lies. (in heaven)
How can looking at your currently circumstances in light of eternity help change your perspective?
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26