Strangers & Exiles

Strangers & Exiles

Philippians 3:20

“As followers of Jesus, how are we to live in a world that is not our home?”

1 Peter 1:1-2
John 15:19
1 Peter 4:3-4

  • Against it
  • Absorb it
  • Absent from it

“The issue facing the Christians in Asia Minor was disturbingly simple. How should we live in this context of social exclusion and persecution? Should we escape into a more sheltered world, do we withdraw from society. Should we turn a cold shoulder to our world. Should we denounce society in a prophetic and poetic tone? How then should we live? Peter’s letter is a window into a situation that even throws light onto our world. His letter is one of the first struggles in the church with society. It forms some of the conversation that continues to this day and in our examination of it we will reap great reward.”

Scott McKNight

“For Christians are no different than other people in terms of their country, language, or customs. No where do they inhabit cities of their own, or live out of the ordinary. They live in their countries, but as exiles. They participate in all things as citizens, they endure all things as foreigners. They share their meals, but not their sexual partners. They are found in the flesh but do not live according to the flesh. They live on earth, but participate in the life of heaven. They are obedient to the laws that have been made, and by their own lives they supersede the laws. They love everyone, and are persecuted by all. They are not understood and they are condemned. They are put to death, and made alive. They are impoverished, and make many rich. They lack all things, and abound in everything. They are dishonored and they are exalted in their dishonors.”

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