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We are Citizens of Heaven

The Jesus Anointing

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.“ ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭20‬-‭21‬

I hold on to many truths in the Bible that I try to live by, and that frame how I see the world. These are part of my version of a Biblical Christian worldview. I believe that Jesus was born of a virgin. He died on the Cross, was buried, and rose from the dead on the third day. 

His message is radical—completely opposite from what most philosophies or religions have taught. He instructed us to love our enemies instead of an “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” approach. There are many things in His life and in the Bible that are revolutionary and life-giving, which separates Him from the world and other false teachings. 

I could spend much of this post listing the ideas and prophecies that Jesus taught us. But I want to focus on a few of those truths that have meant the most to me. There are two that can be drawn from the verse above. Let’s take a look at them. 

Citizens of Heaven

To some folks, being a citizen of Heaven might be a puzzle or an enigma. How can we live here on Earth and also be citizens of Heaven? When Jesus left, He told the disciples that He was going to Heaven to prepare a place for us. We are citizens of Heaven. Our final home just isn’t finished yet.

With my imagination, I ponder what exactly is entailed at this point here on Earth. But, the one thing that occurred to me is that the idea of being a citizen in Heaven is connected to the prayer Jesus taught the disciples to pray. In particular, here on Earth, it is in Heaven (Matt. 6:10). The idea behind being a citizen, praying from a Heavenly perspective on Earth, seems as if Jesus is calling us to pray from our status as citizens of Heaven. 

Jesus is calling us to identify with the fact that our citizenship is as real as His Kingdom. We need to exercise faith in our identity as citizens of Heaven. After all, “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

So, what does that look like? Is it possible to live a life of faith, believing you have access to the things of Heaven, and pray for them to be brought to Earth to transform this world? Would that be a way to explain miraculous healings? There is no sickness in Heaven. So, praying the reality of Heaven over the decay of Earth, and establishing the authority of Jesus here on Earth as it is in Heaven makes sense, especially in the light of the second Truth.

The Jesus Anointing!

We are constantly being transformed into the likeness of Jesus. For some of us who are slow learners, it sometimes takes a frustratingly long time to learn to cooperate with the Holy Spirit during this process of refinement. 

“who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body,” (Phil. 3:21)

A few days ago, I prayed for more of His presence in my life. I prayed that I wanted to do the things He did, to heal, prophecy, and deliver the oppressed. I wanted to be more like Him. I have had the experience of praying for holiness and purity and having the Father descend on me and work that anointing into my soul and spirit. So I asked about that as it applies to becoming more like Him. 

I asked if there was a Jesus anointing like there was for Holiness—an anointing to look like Jesus to others, to be transparent so that people would see Jesus in me. I wanted to walk in that identity as a surrogate of Jesus (Matt. 5:13–16). Walking in my citizenship here on Earth, as it is in Heaven. 

After I prayed, the few things I could say were that the idea of a Jesus anointing leaped into my mind. Was that my imagination? Was that the Holy Spirit? I am afraid that will be the subject of many hours of pressing into the Holy Spirit for wisdom and discernment. And a renewed, relentless desperation to stand in His presence and seek His face.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I hope you don’t think all of this is too far out there theologically. I tend to press the boundaries of what it means to be a “new creation” and take things at face value. My intent is to change our perspective from being anchored to the dirt, raising our thoughts instead Sto who Jesus said we are in the process of becoming.

 


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AuthorDerek Hastings | BCWorldview.org 

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