Bible study: Citizens of two kingdoms

Bible study: Citizens of two kingdoms

Jesus controls everything. Ephesians 1:22 says, “God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church.” What a comfort to know that our Savior rules everything.

However, Jesus himself said that his kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). Instead, Jesus rules in the hearts of his people by his Word. We are citizens of the kingdom of God through faith, but we are also citizens of the state. Jesus rules by placing earthly authorities over us (Romans 13:1). These authorities are not perfect, so there will always be a tension between our two citizenships.

What are the possible conflicts that can arise for a Christian as a citizen of both kingdoms?

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Read more about the relationship between church and state in Civil Government: God’s Other Kingdom. A new small group Bible study based on the book is also available. Northwestern Publishing House, nph.net; 800-662-6022.

Author: David Scharf
Volume 107, Number 10
Issue: October 2020

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