Philippians 3:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Philippians 3:20, NIV: "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,"

Philippians 3:20, ESV: "But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,"

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

Philippians 3:20, NASB: "For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;"

Philippians 3:20, NLT: "But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior."

Philippians 3:20, CSB: "but our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly wait for a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ."

What does Philippians 3:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In contrast with false teachers who focus on "earthly things" (Philippians 3:19), believers should have a much different perspective on life. As Paul notes, once again, our homeland is in heaven, not here on earth. Responsible citizenship is important, but our ultimate destiny isn't in this world, but with the Lord in heaven. Jesus likewise taught that His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36) and that He is not of this world (John 8:23).

Instead of temporary things on earth, a believer's focus is on Christ and His return. We should not focus on greed, sin, and the things of this world. Instead, our concern ought to be on what pleases God. The apostles believed Jesus could come back at any time, teaching Christ will come as He promised (John 14:1–3) at any moment (1 Corinthians 15:50–58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18). Believers are to live holy lives, prepared for His return. Further, we are to help make disciples of all nations, sharing the good news with others so they can also spend eternity with the Lord (Matthew 28:18–20).