Our Citizenship III

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Our Citizenship III

And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. John 8:23 KJV
Origin; the root or source at which something or someone begins or arises is crucial to identifying the nature and feature so related. Origin is the beginning or cause of a thing or person, it is the point of inception or existence. It alludes to the feature, element and character of everything or person it invents or creates. Origin defines originality; originality is validated by origin. When a thing or person does not share the features of a claimed Origin, it is aptly term as non-original, fake, imitation, counterfeit or fraud.
Due to prevalent and pervading incidence of fake or non-original claims, it is standard (now) to trace or validate an item, product or person to its origin. Currencies are verified and traced to authorized printing agencies to assert originality, Educational certificates and credentials are traced to issuing Institutions to verify Origin and affirm originality. Validating origin provides confidence and trust that the true facts are presented. Everything about background checks in our contemporary World (today) is attributable to tracing facts to claimed Origin. Immigration and International travel documents are replete with information to identify native Origin as a necessary identifying metric.
Giving the importance attributed to Origin, it is essential to know one’s origin and realized the attached and attending perks, benefits and responsibilities. It is often asked, “Where are you from; originally?”.
Beloved, the notice and notion of our Origin as Christians is pivotally important to what accompanies us in life’s courses and events; it defines our outlook, perception, response, reaction and the general aptitude to confront life. We manage life from the hidden realization of the truth about our Origin in Christ. About His Origin, The Lord Jesus said, “I am from above” (John 8:23 KJV); whereas others were from beneath; the notion of being from above was foreign but Jesus aptly identified His Origin. He was neither unclear nor apologetic about His root or origin. We must share the notice of this blessed truth and the benefits it provides.
As Christians, we (also) are from where Christ came from, we shall His root and origin; our lives are hid with Him. The Bible says, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:1-3 NIV). Notice we “have been raised with Christ…seated with Him” above from where also we share and derive our affection, fondness and likeness. We truly are original (Christians) when we derive life from our origin; above.

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Citizenship

On this mountain [Zion] the Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples [to welcome His reign on earth], A banquet of aged wines—choice pieces [flavored] with marrow, Of refined, aged wines. (Isaiah 25:6 AMP)
Emolument: it content and context are a big part of engagement and employment contracts. It details the compensation including benefits for holding an office or rendering a service. It is the laconic inducement to attract and retain prized talents. It offers a boisterous opportunity to attract “suitors” to participate or derive good. It is natural therefore for prospecting applicants to search, compare, verify emoluments of varied and multiplied opportunities before deciding. Aptly, latent benefits are drivers in making decision to participate.
This notion typifies the desire and decision to change or pursue citizenship naturalization in our contemporary World. Wealthy Nations with broad and rich emolument for citizens are plagued with umpteen applications for naturalization, visitation or sheer tourism of applicants desirous or enticed by the emoluments so graciously offered and provided. Poor Nations are on the other hand emptied of prized, noble, intelligent and skillful talents as they could not entice or retain them because of poor and lacking emoluments. Everyone seeks a strong environment that can provide and support their silent aspirations and desires for good and prosperous life – it is a natural trend. The evaluation, selection and retention of a good employment or citizenship is however dependent on some critical factors including the scope and depth of information available to the applicant, his/her research skill and the needed competence to make the right and optimal decision. The combination of these factors will enable the applicant to compete, comply and complete the requirement for engagement and admission.
This concept aptly describes the basis for Man’s aspiration (or lack of it) for the membership or “naturalization” of the Kingdom of Heaven. The information available about the Kingdom, the research skill of eligible candidates and Man’s respective competence to make the right and optimal decision are major drivers in the assumption of the citizenship of Heaven.
About the Kingdom of Heaven, the Bible; the rich source of information about God’s Kingdom says, “On this mountain [Zion] the Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples [to welcome His reign on earth], A banquet of aged wines—choice pieces [flavored] with marrow, Of refined, aged wines. And on this mountain, He will destroy the covering that is [cast] over all peoples, And the veil [of death] that is woven and spread over all the nations. He will swallow up death [and abolish it] for all time. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, And He will take away the disgrace of His people from all the earth; For the Lord has spoken. It will be said in that day, “Indeed, this is our God for whom we have waited that He would save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; Let us shout for joy and rejoice in His salvation.” (Isaiah 25:6-11 AMP)
Beloved, as Kingdom citizens, we must avail the rich emoluments of the Kingdom so we may retain our citizenship and avail others who may otherwise not be privy to the information about the Kingdom. Jesus said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matt. 28:19-20 NIV)

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