Devotional Thought for Today – 06/14/2021

20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20
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Philippians 3

This has never happened in the 23+ years I have been reading or writing daily devotionals, where two had the same bible verse. So I had to comment on this today.

CONTEXT: There are two major themes in Chapter 3, first Paul discusses Faith vs. Works in v.1-11, and then in v.12-21 he discusses the believer’s goal of following and being like Christ.

In order to peel back the layers of our text fully, we need to start at v.18, For there are many, of whom I have often told you, and now tell you even with tears, who live as enemies of the cross of Christ [rejecting and opposing His way of salvation], (AMP). Paul’s warning is there are enemies about those who will do anything and everything to oppose the cross.

He goes on in v.19, whose fate is destruction, whose god is their belly [their worldly appetite, their sensuality, their vanity], and whose glory is in their shame—who focus their mind on earthly and temporal things. These enemies care about nothing except their own sinful desires even if it means their own destruction. They are COMPLETLY focused on earthly and temporal things and will destroy anything that opposes them.

Before digging deep into v.20, I wish to comment on the word Conversation (KJV) and Citizenship (just about every modern translation). The Greek word is Politeuma, pol-it’-yoo-mah, used only this time in all scripture and means:

  1. the administration of civil affairs or of a commonwealth
  2. the constitution of a commonwealth, form of government and the laws by which it is administered
  3. a state, commonwealth
    1. the commonwealth of citizens

While I am not going to pretend to understand the minds of the writers of the KJV, the manuscripts available showing their reasonings for certain uses and the context of the language of the day suggests that Conversation is a proper and better translation. Our “conversation” is our actions as citizens, not just the fact that we are citizens. The Old English term conversation meant your daily walk in life deeds as much as words.

So with that in mind, v.20, But [we are different because] our citizenship is in heaven. And from there we eagerly await [the coming of] the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; Instead of earthly and temporal things the truly converted redeemed child of God will focus their Conversation and Citizenship on the Kingdom of God and the return of Christ.

How are your Conversation (daily walk) and Citizenship (eternal security)?

“Unless bureaucracy is constantly resisted…”

American Minute with Bill Federer

Coolidge: “Unless bureaucracy is constantly resisted it breaks down representative government … having authority over everybody and being responsible to nobody”


President Calvin Coolidge warned in a speech at the College of William and Mary, MAY 15, 1926:

“But there is another … recent development … the greatly disproportionate influence of organized minorities …

Artificial propaganda, paid agitators, selfish interests, all impinge upon members of legislative bodies to force them to represent special elements rather than the great body of their constituency.”

Coolidge continued:

“When they are successful, minority rule is established …

The result is an extravagance on the part of the Government which is ruinous to the people and a multiplicity of regulations and restrictions for the conduct of all kinds of necessary business , which becomes little less than oppressive …”

Coolidge continued, exposing the autocratic deep-state bureaucracy:

“No plan of centralization has ever been adopted which did not result in bureaucracy, tyranny, inflexibility, reaction, and decline.

Of all forms of government, those administered by bureaus are about the least satisfactory to an enlightened and progressive people.

Being irresponsible they become autocratic …

.. Unless bureaucracy is constantly resisted it breaks down representative government and overwhelms democracy.

It … sets up the pretense of having authority over everybody and being responsible to nobody …”

Coolidge added:

“We must also recognize that the national administration is not and cannot be adjusted to the needs of local government …

The states should not be induced by coercion or by favor to surrender the management of their own affairs.

The Federal Government ought to resist the tendency to be loaded up with duties which the states should perform.

It does not follow that because something ought to be done the National Government ought to do it.”

An example of what Coolidge described could be the Department of Education.

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