Thursday, June 19, 2008

Citizens of Heaven

What is meant by our being citizens in heaven? Why, first that we are under heaven’s government. Christ the king of heaven reigns in our hearts; the laws of glory are the laws of our consciences; our daily prayer is, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The proclamations issued from the throne of glory are freely received by us, the decrees of the Great King we cheerfully obey. We are not without law to Christ. The Spirit of God rules in our mortal bodies, grace reigns through righteousness, and we wear the easy yoke of Jesus. O that he would sit as king in our hearts, like Solomon upon his throne of gold. Thine are we, Jesus, and all that we have; rule thou without a rival.

From a sermon entitled "Citizenship In Heaven," delivered October 12, 1862. Flickr photo by Misty; some rights reserved.

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