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12/07/2015

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Pilgrims And Strangers


"All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth" (Heb.11:13).

The word stranger, (xenos in the Greek) literally means a "foreigner." Thus, a stranger is a person who is out of his own country and in a foreign land. The word pilgrim, (parepidemos in the Greek) refers to a resident foreigner who lives among people who are not his own. This person does not have the full-fledged rights of a citizen, nor is he seeking a permanent residence, but is rather sojourning in that place for a time... These words most certainly applied to Abraham and Sarah, who left their home in Mesopotamia and traveled to a land that God would show them. This was exhibited by the fact that they lived in that land in tents instead of permanent structures. Even though Abraham lived in this land for some sixty (60) years, he still considered himself a stranger and pilgrim... At the death of Sarah, he said this; "I am a stranger and sojourner among you; give me a burial site among you that I might bury my dead out of my sight" (Gen.23:4). Abraham realized not only that he was not one of them, but that he never tried to become one of them. Our Bible calls us as Jesus' disciples, to have this same attitude towards our relationship with the world. We are completely out of "our country" in this world. We're not permanent citizens, nor are we seeking a place to call our own. Why? Because we are actually strangers and pilgrims.. We are sojourning through this world, seeking a homeland after this life is over... We will look at ourselves as pilgrims and strangers in this world this week...

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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