1 Peter 1:1 – Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who reside as strangers,

As a young Christian 1 Peter was one of my favorites. To me, Peter was like a man stuck between two worlds; I could identify with that. After my conversion the Lord took me out of my world. It was as if Parris and I were caught up by a whirlwind. We were born again, married, left for Bible School in California, baptized in the Spirit, and launched into our calling in ministry all within the span of two weeks. We were away from everything we had been familiar with. Our friends, jobs, families, and lifestyle were all part of our past. We were brought into a new world with a new culture, new music, new friends, and a brand new family.
Maybe most don’t have such a dramatic physical change in their world at conversion but the spiritual change is just as radical and complete. We are brought out of one world and we belong to another. Of course the new world is not here in its completion but the old one is dead to us. That’s why Peter called us strangers or exiles, we have entered a brand new world. Here is how Barclay describes this verse.

“We are the exiles (strangers) of eternity. This is never to say that we must withdraw from the world, but that in a very real sense we must be at the same time both in the world and not of it. It has been wisely said that Christians must be apart from the world but never aloof from it.…The Greek word for such a resident in a strange land is paroikos. A paroikos was someone who was in a strange land and whose thoughts always turned to home.…The Christians in any place are a group of people whose eyes are turned to God and whose loyalty is beyond. ‘Here’, said the writer to the Hebrews, ‘we have no lasting city, but we are looking for the city that is to come’.”

Our problems begin when we don’t allow the work of the Spirit to be complete. Peter explains this as he continues in the next verse…. “scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit”. That’s the answer, the same Spirit that saves us sets us apart (sanctifies us). We have to yield to the Spirit’s work, as we do we embrace our role as strangers in a strange land.

3 thoughts on “STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND”

  1. AMEN! I KNOW WHEN I WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR TWO WEEKS 4 MONTHS AGO. I GOT A MORE CLOSER TO GOD. THE PRESENCE OF JESUS CAME SO HEAVY ON ME I FELT LIKE A BIG CHANGE CAME OVER ME. IT’S A FEELING I CAN’T EXPLAIN. AS CHILDENS OF GOD WE ARE STRANGERS TO THE WORLD. OUR TALK OUR WALK OUR LIVES ARE DIFFERENT FROM THE WORLD. WE THE LIGHT IN A DARK PLACE. THE PEOPLES IN THE WORLD THAT NOT LIVING FOR JESUS SEE US AS STRANGERS. BECAUSE WE NOT OF THIS WORLD . OUR HOME IS IN HEAVEN AMEN!

    1. So amazing how merciful our God…we must WAIT for the Promise of the Father, but even when we are unfaithful, He remains faithful! I was unable to wait bc I had a ‘form of godliness’. Religion blinds us and just masks rebellion. But God will not despise a broken and repentant heart!!! If we don’t wait in the upper room, we’ll end up waiting in exile…but The Deliverer will come, his love for us is stronger than death and sin will lose its grip when we FINALLY surrender and turn back!

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