Yes, we are ALL foreigners and immigrants in this world, whether we realize it or not. The definition of immigration is “in migration”. And simply means “passing from one place to another.” We are ALL doing this exact thing. This world, with all its kingdoms and governments are all very temporary. But where our spirit goes after death will be permanent. Anyone who rejects this important truth, rejects God's word and every one of God's greatly desired promises. Anyone who knows God's word, knows this truth I am sharing with you here. It was the whole purpose of Christ's appearing in this world. And upon these truths rests the promises of eternal life in the New Jerusalem. Anyone who makes arguments against these truths is walking in the darkness of ignorance and they are wittingly or unwittingly walking in open rebellion against God and His Christ.
Every person, every thing in this world is “The Lord’s” (Deuteronomy 10:14; Psalm 24:1). And each and every one of us will appear before God to be judged and sentenced (or rewarded) based upon how we treated each other and how we reacted to God’s words.
The fact that we acknowledge that we are immigrants is the very basis of walking in God's promised salvation which He freely offers to all through faith in His Christos (Anointed) Son Jesus (Joshua - God our Savior).
“I am a foreigner in the earth; hide not Your commandments from me!” ~Psalm 119:19
“You must not exploit or oppress a foreign resident, for you yourselves were foreigners in the land of Egypt. You must not mistreat any widow or orphan. If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to Me in distress, I will surely hear their cry. My anger will be kindled, and I will kill you with the sword; then your wives will become widows and your children will be fatherless. ” — Exodus 22:21-24
Opinions of mankind are not at all the thrust of this message. Our own opinions are worthless and fleeting. The only time our opinions mean anything is if and when they line up with God’s opinions. Because then God can use us to represent Him in this world. And that is the wisest thing anybody can do in this world (Romans 12:1).
The apostle John says, “The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:17)
Pause, and think about that!
God’s “opinions” aren’t like our opinions. And God’s opinions aren’t just suggestions or advice we can just choose to ignore. Not without great and unnecessary personal loss. God’s “opinions” are actually by far the most important laws and commandments given to mankind. And God clearly shares His opinions and makes His arguments known through His written word. In other words, we ALL have access to God’s opinions. And If we seek God’s opinions, realize their value and then put them into practice, we will have peace in our lives and upon the death of our physical body we will enter securely into paradise.
And this is God’s opinion which is our greatest law:
THAT WE LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR AS OURSELVES
If the very existence of this world is fleeting, how much more the opinions of mankind? But God’s word is not so. God’s Son says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35) God’s words will not pass away, neither will the person who does what God’s word says. And just as the world is passing away, mankind’s own ways are supposed to do the same. We are supposed to become a new creation in Christ. And in doing so, we prepare ourselves for what will last forever and never pass away.
The apostle Paul says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
And when that happens, we are then able to “see” the kingdom of God. And when we see the kingdom of God, all our hope rests on one goal. And the goal is to do all we can to enter into the kingdom of God and bring with us as many as we can possibly convince to do likewise! We cannot hope in the kingdom while trying to claim, create or preserve some kind of utopia here on earth. When people do that it’s immediately obvious that they are walking in the darkness of ignorance. These people are not doing as Abraham and the great men of faith have done when confessing that they are foreigners and pilgrims here on earth. (Hebrews 11:8-16)
We often do not like to admit when we are wrong. Nevertheless, we have all been wrong so many times. We have been wrong and we have done wrong. And now it’s time to repent. Anger, hatred, fear. These things are the opposite of peace, happiness and joy. Peace, happiness and joy all come from God’s gift of love and undeserved favor to us. But we have to be willing to meet God half way and then walk with Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. This is the other “greatest commandment” which is connected to loving neighbor as self as is required by God’s law. To meet God half way we have to be open to the fact that we are wrong about a lot of things and that we need God to help us fix them. This shows humility and is a prerequisite for serving God properly according to His will.
Before the apostle Paul became a servant of Christ, he did everything he could to destroy the believers in Christ. He had men and women put in prison and he was responsible for the stoning to death of Stephen (Acts chapters 6-8). Paul did far worse than most people in this world.
Paul explains it this way: “I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a violent man; yet because I had acted in ignorance and unbelief, I was shown mercy. And the grace of our Lord overflowed to me, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. This is a trustworthy saying, worthy of full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst. But for this very reason I was shown mercy, so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His perfect patience, as an example to those who would believe in Him for eternal life.” Paul then adds, “Now to the King eternal, immortal, and invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:13-17)
Once you realize your spiritual condition and turn to Christ with all your heart, and He forgives you and makes you a true child of God, you can’t help but have these expressions of reverence and love toward God. Because not only does God love us and express it in the most profound way; God also then ENABLES us to love Him back. And that enables us to love our neighbor and ourselves.
We are then required to seek God constantly. With all our understanding and strength. To "strive" against the bad and instead do all the good God directs through His word. And even this (how to strive) becomes clearer with time. This is what sanctification means. And is what John calls "being made perfect in love." And that is everything. Why? Because as John says, "so that we may have confidence on the day of judgment!" (1 John 4:18) and "so that when He appears, we may be confident and unashamed before Him at His coming." (1 John 2:28 )
Many people point to Romans 13 to try and persuade others to follow unjust laws or rules of man which are contrary to God's law of love. But I tell you, Romans 13 really starts at verse eight where he says, "Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:8-10)
And there is so much more to say...
You can be saved!
God loves the people in the world so much that He came down to die for us. If God is opening your heart to His message and you feel convicted for your sins which have separated you from a holy God and you feel the need to be forgiven, then say this prayer. This is how I was powerfully converted to the Christ in 1997!
Say, "My Lord and my God, have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe Jesus the Christ died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. I believe Jesus raised from the dead and ascended into heaven and is now on the right-hand side of God listening to this prayer. I open up the door of my heart and I invite You in, Lord Jesus. Thank you, God, for saving my soul and I vow to serve you with all my heart which is the first and greatest commandment. Amen."