My Citizenship and Family

Our Father, which are in heaven, You are worthy of our praise. Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him all His Angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him and hope in His mercy. [Psalms 148:1&2; Psalms 145:13; Psalms 145:18; Psalm 147:11] 

Holy Spirit I now understand that because of being born again I am no longer a foreigner or stranger, but a fellow citizen with God’s people and also members of His household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone. In Him, the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Him, you too are being built with other believers to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s 

For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit, we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member but many. [Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Corinthians 6:19&20; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14] 

Your word is very clear, through salvation and becoming a new spiritual being, I am now an adopted child of God and a citizenship that is in heaven. I am currently a living temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in as I live here on the earth in this physical body. I am no longer in this world while I still reside in this world. I am like the fish of the ocean, I live there but the salt of the ocean is not inside of me, just as the world and its sin, lack of love, and no hope are all around me, it will not be found within me. For I have the gift of salvation, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and the hope of the resurrected Christ.  

Grace and peace will be multiplied to me through the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given to me all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of God who has called me to His own glory and excellence, by which He has given to me exceedingly great and precious promises so that through these things I might become a partaker of the divine nature and escape the corruption that is in the world through lust. For this reason, help me to make every effort to add virtue to my faith; and to my virtue, knowledge, and to my knowledge, self-control; and to my self-control, patient endurance; and to my patient endurance, godliness; and to my godliness, brotherly kindness; and to my brotherly kindness love. For if all of these reside in me and abound, they will ensure that I will neither be useless nor unfruitful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord. Help me to diligently make my calling and election sure so that when I add all these areas into my life I will not stumble and will be able to enter into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ which will be abundantly provided for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 2 Peter 1:3-11 MEV version