Summary: we are Gods pilgrims...chosen by Him and on the journey we will meet trying times but we must remember what He has promised
1 Peter 1 Gods Pilgrims Jan 05
Thesis: Christians are only pilgrims in this world which is not our home.
Introduction: Someone said the word Bible can be written out, using each letter, B-i-b-l-e, to mean Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. 1 Peter is a guide for Christian pilgrims. This epistle or letter was written about 65 AD just two years before Peter was executed upside down on a cross by the Roman Emperor Nero. As Peter writes to those believers that he calls the Diaspora (meaning dispersed), He greets them as Gods pilgrims scattered around what is today modern Turkey.
Perhaps Peter could see on the horizon the distant clouds of a storm of persecution gathering for these believers. It is no different for us. Jesus warns us in the book of Matthew that as the day nearer for the judgment of God to be unleashed on this world, that evil will intensify. Just last evening someone remarked that all of the things we see happening today may be Biblical signs of the approaching end of the age. We are not certain of that, but one thing that we can be sure of is that as we live in this world, we will endure difficult seasons and days in our lives. Just like those ancient Christians scattered around Asia, we are also only pilgrims passing through this world of woe. So Peter writes and tells us….
I. We Are The Pilgrims of God (1-2)
This epistle was written to at Christians in at least 5 different areas of the ancient world. Peter calls these Christians ‘pilgrims’ or ‘sojourners’ or ‘strangers’. I believe Peter addresses these believers in this manner, not because they are not living in their own native land, but because they, like you and I, are not yet home. In chapter two Peter again addresses these believers by saying, ‘beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims abstain from fleshly lust which war against your soul.
You and I are also, in the language of the Bible, sojourners and pilgrims. We are not yet home. We must be careful of thinking of this present world in which we live as all there is. We are either living for this world or living for the next. What world are you living for? You need to know that this world is going to go down in flames someday. James strongly speaks to those who love this present age more than God. In James 4:4 the Bible says, ‘Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.’ To love this age, this world above God is to be unfaithful to God.
The pilgrims that Peter speaks to are not just any pilgrims on just any journey. They are a special lot. They are Gods elect pilgrims. What does it to be elect? It means to be chosen by God. It means simply that in eternity past God, knowing all things, choose for His own those whom He foreknew would trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. He knew who His elect would be, but He also know the circumstances of our lives and where we live and He sends us comfort and encouragement.