#162 – CITIZENS UNITE (4/8/20)
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‘Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel’ (Philippians 1:27)
Our citizenship affects everything. Our attitudes and morality are determined by our nationality and culture. Likewise, as citizens of heaven, a Christian’s life will be transformed by their entry into the Kingdom of God.
Unity in Christ
Citizens of heaven love unity. We are urged to ‘stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one…’. Unity is a key attribute for this whose citizenship is in heaven.
Paul is urging them to remember that the Holy Spirit has united them, and to stand in this. The use of the phrase ‘in the one Spirit’ is a reminder that they must not divide because they share the one Spirit.
He writes elsewhere,
‘For we were all baptised by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.’ (1 Corinthians 12:13-14)