Heidelcast 162: As It Was In The Days Of Noah (9): Living As Holy Exiles And Pilgrims

As Garrison Keillor used to say, it has been an interesting week in Lake Wobegon and our passage for this episode, 1 Peter 1:13–21, has never been so relevant. The Apostle Peter, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote this epistle to be circulated among Christian congregations in Asia Minor (Turkey). He wrote to them about their faith, their hope, and their life in this world—God’s world—as those who have been delivered out of Egypt, as it were, saved by grace alone, through faith alone. In this passage he is focusing on how we are to conduct our pilgrimage. According to Scripture, every Christian has a dual citizenship. The Apostle Paul says “your citizenship is in heaven” (Phil 3:20). Hebrews 11 says that believers who lived in the period of types and shadows were looking for a heavenly city, “a better country, i.e., a heavenly country” (vv. 11, 16). We are resident aliens. Here Peter works out some of the implications of our resident alien status for the Christian life.

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