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Hardcover
193 pages
Aug 2009
Reformation Trust Publishing

Dual Citizens

by Jason Stellman

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Review:

Jason Stellman, in his first book, Dual Citizens, clearly states his main thesis in the first few lines of the Preface, which is “that the new covenant situates us in a tension between ‘the already’ on the one hand and the ‘not yet’ on the other.” Additionally, he explains at the beginning of each chapter exactly what point he will be making. Personally, I found this helpful. However, though I profited from, and was in theological agreement with, many of his insights, I failed to discern a clear cohesiveness in his presentation, leaving me unsatisfied at its conclusion that I had fully grasped his intent.

Having said that, here are some of the points that Stellman makes:

  • There is a biblically defensible distinction between worship and life; between the religious realm and the secular.
  • The primary goal and methods of the church today are at odds with Christ’s purposes.
  • There is a new-covenant rationale for Sabbath-keeping (Lord’s Day observance).
  • There is a place in the new covenant ethic that allows for godly boasting “in the entitlements we sacrifice for the sake of Christ’s kingdom and the cross-bearing lives Jesus challenges us to live.”

The book concludes with words of encouragement and pastoral concern:

May God give us the faith, therefore, to walk as pilgrims and exiles through the wilderness of this world, strengthened by an assurance that this passing age, despite its manifold attempts, will never win the battle to define us. It is God who provides us our narrative, and tells us our story, for it is His story, the history of redemption, the divine drama according to which man was made and then lost, found and then remade in the image of a second Adam, whose faithful obedience insures our acceptance by God and whose glorious resurrection guarantees our own.
-- Pamela Glass, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Book Jacket:

The saints of old acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth (Hebrews 11:13b). This is no less true for Christians today; as Paul writes, "Our citizenship is in heaven" (Philippians 3:20a). But though we are on the road to that homeland, we are not there yet.

It is from this understanding of Christians as pilgrims wayfaring strangers on the road to their true home but living in the meantime in a foreign land that Rev. Jason J. Stellman has written Dual Citizens: Worship and Life between the Already and the Not Yet.

Stellman wrestles with the implications of the Christian's dual citizenship in the kingdom of God and the kingdom of man, showing that the great challenge for believers today is maintaining their distinctiveness as redeemed people. Believers are free to participate in culture (though the Bible guides the way they participate), but they must not so immerse themselves in it that they obscure their true identities.

Dual Citizens is a call for believers to see the present from the standpoint of the future, for doing so will enable them to see their lives, with all their trials and triumphs, as part of God's great unfolding story.