"The Christian’s ultimate allegiance is to Jesus Christ, not earthly kingdoms or earthly leaders. Paul and Silas had already experienced persecution from earthly leaders, right there in Philippi and as he wrote from prison in Rome. Believers in the Roman Empire would ultimately have to declare their true allegiance. Roman citizens soon had to declare allegiance to the emperor as a god. Believers who proclaimed “Jesus is Lord” soon had to face persecution and even death. This is what it meant for them to be citizens of heaven."
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