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Edwards, Philippians

Stephen J. Nichols, speaking about Jonathan Edwards and the book of Philippians with WorldMag, had this to say:

Some take this text (Paul's statement to the Philippians that "Our citizenship is in heaven") to mean that we should have very little to do with this world, with life on earth. Heaven is our home, this interpretation argues, and that is where our allegiances lie. Recently, however, some New Testament scholars have made a compelling case for thinking about this text differently. Citizens of Rome who lived in Philippi were not to pine away for Rome. Instead, they were to bring Rome to Philippi. We shouldn't pine away for heaven. Instead, as citizens of heaven living on earth we should bring heaven here, even if it is only in miniature. Remarkably, Edwards was preaching such an insight to his Northampton congregation three centuries ago.

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