Simple Church, For His Glory
This Is Not Our Home
by Jason Southerland on March 28th, 2017

​What I Learned at Church – Grace Fellowship of Waxahachie

1 Peter 1:1-2  “ Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens, 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, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure. “
     It is interesting to note here that Peter refers to his readers as “Aliens”.  The word “alien” stirs up all kinds of images in our minds – most related to movies like “ET” (sorry, I’m a child of the 80s!)  But the funny thing in all the alien movies is that it is very clear that the alien is way different than anyone around and is clearly out of place in the world we see around us.  The word “alien” in this passage is an important reminder of how we are aliens in this world.  We do not exactly fit in.  We do not share the values or customs of the world around us.  We long for the coming world that reflects God’s character.  We enjoy God’s creation and His blessings in this life, but our true home is yet to come.  We must have the perspective that this is not all there is - We get to look forward to so much more! 
     Peter writes to believers living over a large geographic area that contains different languages, cultures, and false religions.  The Biblical message addresses the common need of man for salvation and life.  That is a truth that is applicable in every culture.  May we not grow accustomed to this world where we are aliens, but may we embrace the Lord Jesus and go to Him for salvation and eternal life.  We will find that is where we really belong.
 
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