Philippians 3:20-21

Talks for Growing Christians

Life on Earth is Temporary

Philippians 3:20-21

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Lesson Number 17

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The believer’s earthly life is only temporary.
  2. The believer’s earthly body is only temporary.

Practical Application

  1. Are we watching for the Lord on our tiptoes?
  2. Let’s remember that our bodies are only tents.


  1. How do we practice the truth that the believer’s earthly life is only temporary?
  2. How will the Lord transform/conform our earthly bodies?
  3. What is the great future that we can look forward to?
  4. How can the Christian set his mind on heavenly things as opposed to earthly things?
  5. What did the term, “citizen,” mean to the Philippians?


  1. By remembering that our earthly life is only temporary and that this world is not our home. And by looking forward to our home in heaven.
  2. Now we have earthly bodies, subject to disease, sickness, and aging, and we are subject to sin. The Lord will change our bodies, and we will have permanent, material bodies not subject to sin. See 1 Corinthians 15.
  3. We will be with our Lord in heaven and look forward to the perfection of resurrected bodies, which will be conformed to the Lord’s glorious body. We will be without sin!
  4. By obedience to God and His word now, and by thinking of what He has prepared for us in heaven. See 2 Corinthians 10:5 and Colossians 3:1-4.
  5. Philippi was a Roman colony, and the Philippians were Roman citizens. They would know the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship. As heavenly citizens, they were to conduct themselves worthily of the gospel of Jesus Christ.


  1. Refer to 1 Corinthians 15. Discuss what it will be like the be rid of our earthly bodies.
  2. Do you consider your body as only a tent? What does this mean?


  1. Are you waiting for the Lord on your tiptoes? Do you anticipate His return? When you awake, make it a practice to consider that today might be the day, then live like it!

Key Verses

  • “…our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 3:20

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