March 12, 2021

Day by Day with Martin Luther

Read: Numbers 16:41-22:20 Mark 16:1- Luke 1:56 Proverbs 11:8-11

“Two Kingdoms”

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ …”
[Philippians 3:20]

Christians participate in two kinds of life or government. Here on earth, where the world dwells and has its homeland and heaven, we are not citizens. “But our citizenship”, St. Paul says, “is with Christ in heaven” [Philippians 3:20], that is, in the life to come, for which we wait. We hope to be released, as did those in Babylon, and to come where we will remain citizens and lords forever. However, because we must remain in the mystery of our Babylon as long as our Lord wants, we are to do as they were commanded to do: to live here with people, eat and drink, keep house, cultivate fields, govern and conduct ourselves peacefully with them, even pray for them, until the hour comes for us to journey home to the heavenly kingdom prepared for us.

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