They Are Not of the World

Another sign of a true believer is the leading of the Holy Spirit. Paul says, For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. He is the Spirit of adoption which we cry, Abba Father! The Spirit Himself testifies together with our own spirit that we are children of God. And as children then we are heirs also; heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory (Rom. 8:14-18).

The Holy Spirit is the Seal on our heavenly passport. The new birth, YAHSHUA confirms that is what gives us the right to enter the kingdom of God; for it is the means of our adoption into the family of God. Therefore, the heavenly passport is issued at the moment when the Holy Spirit makes His abode in the believer. He then stamps our spirit with His stamp of approval and gives us an entrance to our new country. No one can take that away from us. YAHSHUA promised He was going to prepare a place in our heavenly country when He ascended to heaven. This heavenly citizenship should become a part of the believer’s life until the end. It should compel him to yarn for heaven and to hate this world and its lifestyles.  I am going to prepare a place for you, said YAHSHUA. He will not only do that but will come back to take us to Himself, for His desire has always been for the believer to be where He is (John 14:1-3). When He prayed for us, His desire expressed to the Father was that we would be with Him where He is, so that we may see His glory (John 17: 24).  John, in one of his epistles said, Do not love the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the word, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world- the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]- these do not come from the Father but are from the world (I John 2:15-16).

The world has many entanglements to deviate the believer from his spiritual journey to his eternal home. One of the causes is when he focuses on the things of this world, allowing anxieties and worries to rob him of his joy. YAHSHUA left words of warning concerning anxieties and worries about life and redirected us to seek God and His kingdom first of all things for all our needs to be supplied.  Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, emphatically said, And He (YAHSHUA) raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Messiah YAHSHUA (Eph. 2:6). To think that we are spiritually positioned with YAHSHUA in the heavenly sphere right now is more than we can fathom. Christ in us, we in Him, that makes us all one in Him- our hope of glory. Why aren’t we believers holding on to this position given us by our Lord YAHSHUA, when the Bible teaches us how to be victorious? Let us, it is an invitation to strip off all that entangles us and prevent us from running the course that leads us to our heavenly home, always looking to Him who is the author and finisher of our salvation, the only true God, YAHSHUA, Who purchased us with His own blood and has given us the right of a heavenly citizenship. He endured all while here on this earth, even the suffering and shame of being beaten to the point of shedding His blood and the pain of crucifixion. When He completed our redemption, then He sat at the right of the throne of God (Heb. 12). That’s where He came from and where He returned to. We, believers, must remember that we do not have a permanent city here in this world, either. Our focus should be on our heavenly city to be able to be overcomers and endure all sufferings, following the example YAHSHUA our Lord and Savior left for us. If YAHSHUA positioned us seated with Him in the heavenly sphere, what are we doing worrying about the earthly things when it is not our home?  What earthly things have held us prisoners and alienated from our heavenly destiny?

Many prodigal sons and daughters of God have been feeding themselves with the “carob pods” of the world. They have lowered themselves to eat with the hogs, because they lost focus of their heavenly citizenship and their position in their heavenly Father, just like in the parable of the Prodigal Son. The world entangled them with its temptations and held them prisoner to worries, anxieties. But God is merciful and willing to forgive and to restore them to Himself. All they need to do is to come to the realization of whom they are in Christ, abandon their way of life with repentance in their heart, and return to the heavenly Father. That’s the right way home, where God will be waiting to bless them with the abundance of His goodness in forgiveness, a white robe, which is His righteousness imputed on them, with a ring, which is the Holy Spirit seal stamped in their heavenly passport – their entrance to heaven. These are facts told by our Lord YAHSHUA in the parable of the Prodigal Son. The application of the parable is for today also, for our Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever. His arms are extended to receive all who come to Him. He wants to issue the heavenly passport to all who desire His gift of salvation and to adopt them into His family. Are you spiritually homeless, lost in hopelessness, finding yourself in a pig’s pen? There is a home and a hope beyond all that and God wants to give you both. Come to Him!

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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