“Citizens of the Kingdom of God”


BIBLE READING: Matthew 22
 Matthew 22:21
Speaking of taxes in our text, Jesus taught His disciples to “render . . . to Caesar the things that are Caesar's,” instructing His disciples to pay them. This teaching parallels the general principle that Christians are to be subject to the governments of this world (Romans 13:1) yet to obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29). In doing so, we are to be good citizens appreciating the privileges and opportunities extended to us. We are to submit to the nation's laws and regulations, as long as they do not conflict with the commands of God. If they do, we must be willing to submit to their penalties.
Above all, Christians must follow Christ's teaching and example. Jesus neither attempted to reform human government nor use political means to forge a better world. Rather, He preached the doctrine of a radically different world to come, calling His followers out of this present evil world to allegiance to His coming Kingdom.
Jesus told Pilate that His Kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36)—that is, of the age or present time. This is Satan's world.   Christ did not come to reform Satan or improve his handiwork, but to save us from Satan and his system. A Christian is a citizen of the Kingdom of God (Ephesians 2:19).
Christians are to be separate from the world and its social, political, economic, and religious affiliation.  We live by God's laws and give Him our sole allegiance since we cannot serve two masters.


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