Temporary Residents ….

Beloved, I urge you as foreigners and temporary residents to keep abstaining from fleshly desires, which wage war against you.
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It was fitting to apply the term “temporary residents” to anointed ones in the first century. As is true of the remnant of this group alive today, their existence on earth was not permanent. The apostle Paul, himself a member of the anointed “little flock,” explained: “As for us, our citizenship exists in the heavens, from which place also we are eagerly waiting for a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”  Given that their “citizenship exists in the heavens,” at death anointed ones will leave the earthly scene for something far better, immortal life in the heavens. 

Thus, in a very literal way, they could be termed mere “temporary residents” of the earth under Satan’s control.

But what about the “other sheep”?
Do they not have a Scripturally well-founded hope of becoming permanent residents of the earth? Indeed, that will be their home forever! Still, in a sense they too can at present be considered temporary residents. In what sense?

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~ by DJ Camstar on 08/12/2015.

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