Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
For our citizenship or politeuma is in Heaven, Part 3.
Tuesday, February 13, 2001
Roman’s even though they lived 800 miles from Rome Rome was considered their mother and they never forgot whom they belonged to.
JOH 3:31 “He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.”
JOH 8:23 “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.”
EPH 2:6 “to be raised up with Him, and seated with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus,”
Here was the Royal Family of God, living in the devils world, and yet it is just as much Royal Family as anyone up in heaven.
Privilege – special advantages, immunity from certain things, permission to do things that others cannot do.
Reinforce – to give more force or effectiveness to that which you believe, to strengthen that which you believe even more.
Reinforce – to strengthen with additional information by adding extra support or material, to increase the argument, to stimulate a response by means of a reinforcer.
Politeuma – a group of individuals making up a body of people constituting a people united by a common interest, a group of individuals who are residents in a foreign country while their citizenship and allegiance is elsewhere.
Politeuomai/politeuma to live on earth as a resident of heaven and lead your life according to privilege.
Since the day that you believed in Christ, the greatest privileges that could ever be given to human beings, have been given to you personally.
Because of your union with Christ, you are now not of this world but you are from above.
Politeuma not only connotes citizenship in the sense of great privilege but also living in those privileges.
Living for people and what they think of you is vain, Ecc 1.
Seeking happiness in pleasure, such as eat, drink and be merry, is a lie, ECC 2:1-11.
Living for family, Ecc 2, is a deception.
The philosophy of time orientation, Ecc 3, another form of deceit.
Looking for happiness from money, wealth and prosperity, Ecc 5, is the most obvious form of trickery.
Building a reputation, Ecc 7, a form of hypocrisy.
Sex and intimate relationships, Ecc 7, an appeal to the emotions.
Looking for happiness in the hero image, a waste of time, Ecc 9.