The city of Philippi in the New Testament was a Roman colony. This is significant for the residents of that city. It meant that because it was a colony of Rome, they held dual citizenship with Rome. They were citizens of Philippi and citizens of Rome. As Roman citizens, they had many privileges not given to non citizens and they saw Ceasar as a god and they looked forward to him coming to their city. The Apostle Paul uses this as an example to teach a spiritual truth to them and to the believers in Jesus Christ that lived among them. He wrote this in Philippians 3:17-21, “17 Brothers and sisters, together follow my example and observe those who live by the pattern we gave you. 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], 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. 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; 21 who, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself, will [not only] transform [but completely refashion] our earthly bodies so that they will be like His glorious resurrected body.Amplified Bible (AMP).
Paul shows us that while citizens of one place, believers are also citizen of heaven and we too, await the coming of our God, Jesus Christ in His promised return to receive the church to Himself. As citizens of heaven, we have all the privileges of them citizenship beginning with eternal life in the presence of our Lord. So, remember that where ever you live, you also are a citizen of heaven because of what Christ has done for you. Trust Him, it is worth it.