In this lab, John Piper explains that if you are Christ’s, you don’t belong here. This is not your home. Your citizenship is in heaven.
Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 3:18–21:
- What does it mean to be a citizen of heaven? How might that conflict with being a citizen here?
- Read Philippians 3:18–21 and Philippians 1:27–28. How does living “worthy of the gospel” relate to living as citizens of heaven? Describe what it means to live a life “worthy of the gospel.”
- Do you feel like you live as a citizen of heaven? What in this world tempts you to live primarily as a citizen of this world?
Principle for Bible Reading
An author often seeks to emphasize what something is by stating what it is and what it is not. There is usually one idea being communicated by two different statements: one denies, and the other affirms. Negative/positive statements are often connected with “not,” “but,” or with no connecting word at all.
- “I am telling the truth — I am not lying!” The child with cookie crumbs around his face may protest that he has not been in the cookie jar. He may tell his mother this, and then assure her that he is telling the truth (positively put), restating the same idea by saying that he is not lying (negatively put).