Crumbs
August 14, 2020
169. Week of Fifth Sunday after Easter - Sunday
Our way of life is in heaven
          Our way of life is in heaven, from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.   Philippians 3:20,21
          The whole life, all the imaginations, all the thoughts and aspirations, the wishes and desires, and the entire life of those pitiable people who neither know nor want to know Jesus and His Word, is determined by this perishable earth and - by sin. It is quite different, however, with such of us as are true Christians, who by faith know Christ and His Word. Our whole life, our imaginations, our thoughts and aspirations, wishes and desires, and our manner of life, are in heaven; all is ruled and determined by that which is in heaven, where we have obtained citizenship through our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. This is not saying that our way of life is perfect. Oh, no; the old sin still clings to us and makes us sluggish and earthly-minded. And yet, this again and again asserts itself: our way of life is in heaven. How could it be otherwise? For from there, from heaven, we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will come and change our vile body, which has been degraded and humiliated through sin, that it may be fashioned like His glorious body. Surely our Lord will do this for us, as you have abundantly seen on the previous pages of this book; He will do this according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things to Himself; He will do this by His unlimited divine power. This, then, is our hope, our aim, the blessed end of our earthly life: the resurrection from the dead, the transfiguration of our body, eternal and blissful life in heaven. Shouldn't our way of life be in heaven, directed toward heaven and determined by our hope of heaven? Most certainly.
          PRAYER: - O my God, what mercies You shower upon me through Jesus Christ, my dear Saviour! You have made me, a poor sinner, a citizen of heaven. And You, dear Lord Jesus, will come and raise me up from the grave, and will change my poor body that it may be fashioned like Your glorious body, and will give me the eternal bliss of heaven. God Holy Spirit, the gracious Lord who works all good things within me, give me a heavenly mind, and direct my course toward heaven. Amen.

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August 14, 2020