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TFTDAfter writing about “the enemies of Christ” [Philipns 3 v.18] and saying “their end is destruction … and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things,” Paul declares, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ,  who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body.” [v.19-21]

Paul then uses the word “therefore” – indicating that – ‘because of this vision of your future’ – “Therefore, my brothers (& sisters) whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord.”

Let us all “stand firm” – and, as opportunity arises, help each other to do this.  This lovely and inspiring epistle of Paul ends, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.”  We think of him as meaning – our spirit – and how our minds should be constantly sensing our Lord’s gracious forgiveness of our weaknesses – and be developing an ever greater desire to “overcome” any influence “the enemies of Christ” have on us.  We have ‘strength’ to do this because “our citizenship is in heaven.”

May the succinct words Paul penned to the Romans inspire us – today – and every day while “we await” our “Saviour.”  Paul wrote, ” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” [12 v.21}  And when we have achieved this, we can fully embrace the words of John in the last chapter of his first epistle – that “everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.“ [v.4] which we possess because “our citizenship is in heaven.”  By David Caudery