Pastor M. Beecroft, 11/15/2009
In our Epistle, St. Paul reminded the Christians in Phillipi that their citizenship was in heaven. In Holy Baptism, Christ had made them citizens of His heavenly kingdom. They now belonged to Jesus Christ, the risen and ascended Emperor of the Universe. As citizens of His kingdom, Jesus forgave their sins and destroyed their death. As citizens of His kingdom, Jesus promised them the resurrection of their flesh. On the Last Day, He would transform their lowly, mortal, death-ridden bodies to be like his glorious, immortal, and resurrected body. Jesus Christ will accomplish this by the power that enables him to subject all things to himself, which is the power of His Word. The Word that created all things, visible, and invisible, would recreate His people from the ashes and dust of death in the bodily resurrection unto life everlasting.
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