The Greatest Nation

We reveal the goodness of God by a demonstration of what it means to be a citizen of Heaven.

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The greatest nation is not defined by language, borders, or customs. It is a spiritual nation formed by God that stands in authority over all the nations of the Earth. It is a nation formed within the person of Jesus Christ that will endure long after all the nations of this world come to an end.

Peter wrote, “You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light” (I Peter 2:9). 

Only by understanding the authority of our ultimate citizenship – a heavenly citizenship defining us as God’s very own possession – can we begin to live among the nations of Earth and make a Kingdom difference. That difference will begin to affect the reasoning, law and politics, and cultural attitude of those nations where we reveal the goodness of God by a demonstration of what it means to be a citizen of Heaven. God’s goodness is seen most clearly when people begin to realize they have accepted and believed a false goodness, a counterfeit goodness that leads to emotional and spiritual slavery. When eyes are opened to the hope of a greater citizenship it is then that revival and a resulting reformation will begin.


This is an updated edition of a post originally published on Garris Elkins

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About the Author

Garris Elkins is a Kingdom Winds Contributor. He and his wife, Jan, serve the global Church through writing, speaking, and mentoring. They live in southern Oregon, tucked away in the foothills of the Rogue Valley. Their shared desire is to have each person learn how to hear the heart of God and become a transforming voice in their culture.

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