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The Founding Father Of Our Nation

The English word patriotism is based upon the Latin word for father, pater. A number of other words have the same origin, such as patriarch (the father of a family) and patrimony (an inheritance from one's father). Since nations are founded by people, patriotism came to be used as a term for the love and loyalty to the nation that was established by the "founding fathers," a term familiar to people of numerous countries around the world (patriotism literally means loyalty to the "fathers" of the nation; "patriotism" to a nation that was established by "founding mothers" would be known as "matriotism").

What About God's Nation?

Nature, native and nation all originated from natal, a Latin word (although Germanic in origin, many English words originated from Latin words, while the Holy Bible itself was written in Hebrew and Greek) which means birth. From native comes nativity, meaning one's birth, and by extension, one's place of birth. The citizens of God's Kingdom will all be born there, regardless of where they were born, the first time, as physical humans - see "Born Again" - When?

Earth The example of Abraham and Sarah in their journey to a new country, a physical promised land (in modern-day geographical terms, they left their birthplace in Iraq and moved to Israel) is a prophetic analogy of the journey of God's people to a spiritual promised land, the Kingdom of God:

"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went."

"By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city [see The City To Come] which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God."

"Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child [i.e. Isaac, see also Isaac's Faith And Obedience] when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable."

"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city." (Hebrews 11:8-16 KJV)

As plainly stated in the verses above, although Abraham well understood that he was sent to found a physical nation in his own time, he also understood to look ahead and to "desire a better country, that is, an heavenly" of which God will be the founding Father and that citizens of that nation, as made possible by Jesus Christ, will be "patriots" to God because salvation is about the Kingdom of God, God The Father, in which Jesus Christ will be the King of kings (Revelation 19:16 KJV) but God will be The King Of The King Of Kings.

Fact Finder: As stated in the verses above, Abraham knew that his citizenship in God's Kingdom would be future, just as it is for everyone else, before or since. When does God's Kingdom begin?
See When Does The Kingdom Of God Begin?

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