5th May 2011

Resident Aliens

“Because of our union with Christ Jesus he raised us from spiritual death, and gave us a seat with him in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 2:6 (William Barclay Translation)

As I entered Starbucks Coffee Shop one day this week I was a bit preoccupied and walked past one of the regulars who said “Hello, where are you?” I snapped back to reality and replied, “Oh, hello! Sorry, I’m in a different world; really, I’m a bit of an alien.” and we laughed. But as I sat down with my coffee I realised that there was a lot of truth in those words. As Christians we are most certainly not of this world.

Jesus tells us this in what is called “His High Priestly Prayer” which He offered up in the upper room after the supper recorded in John 17. In verse 16 He says, “They are not part of this world any more than I am.” And in verse 20 you’ll notice that he prays for us saying, “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony (NLT).

As we have seen, Jesus says that we are not of this world and Paul follows up on that by declaring “We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus lives” (Philippians 3:20 NLT). This is the heavenly status of believers, so we are not only earthly dwellers but also heavenly dwellers! Extra-terrestrials no less!

As I sat and mused about this I also realised that we are no longer children of Adam but children of God. Born of his Spirit, and as Peter puts it in his first letter, “For you have been born again. Your new life did not come from your earthly parents because the life they gave you will end in death. But this new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God” (I Peter 1:23 NLT).

Jesus also informed the Pharisee Nicodemus during their meeting one evening; “Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven.” (John 3: 6 NLT).

All this of course is not so that we can feel superior, but so as we might serve others with the compassion that comes from our God, allowing everything that we receive from him to flow out from us to others.

He gives us comfort that we might comfort others; He gives us grace that we might be gracious to others; He forgives us that we might forgive others and He has rescued us from the dark kingdom of this world that we might help to rescue others. A big “Hello” to all resident aliens out there!

Father, thank you so much for rescuing us from the kingdom of darkness and for giving us a new birth and a new citizenship in heaven.

Study by Cliff Neill 

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One Response to “5th May 2011”

  1. Ian Woodley on May 6th, 2011 5:55 pm

    Cliff – do keep visiting that coffee shop! Your musings (that the smell of coffee is prompting) are amazing! Look forward to your next Day by Day. Regards Ian

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