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Pastor Jim Henry
First Baptist Church Orlando
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program "WE BELIEVE"
Program # 207, Tape 310093
I PETER SERIES, PT. X
"Your Lifestyle--Like a Pilgrim or a Tramp?"
(I Peter 1:17-22)
17 And if you address as Father the One
who impartially judges according to each
man's work, conduct yourselves in fear
during the time of your stay upon earth;
18 knowing that you were not redeemed
with perishable things like silver or
gold from your futile way of life
inherited from your forefathers,
19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb
unblemished and spotless, the blood of
20 For He was foreknown before the
foundation of the world, but has appeared
in these last times for the sake of you
21 who through Him are believers in God,
who raised Him from the dead and gave Him
glory, so that your faith and hope are in
22 Since you have in obedience to the
truth purified your souls for a sincere
love of the brethren, fervently love one
another from the heart.
I. OUR STATUS
A Bishop once said, "The Christian has always been a pilgrim in the
world." He stated further that we are in a Colonial-type of
environment. Everywhere we go, the Christian transgresses and
supercedes his culture and his world. This very transgression of
going against the world system is the evidence of the supernatural
life that is within us. Because of that supernatural life of Christ
in us, we are pilgrims.
There is a difference between a pilgrim and a tramp. A pilgrim knows
where he is going. A tramp is aimless. We are pilgrims in this
world. Peter is saying because you know where you are going, your
destiny, your homeland is heaven. Your walk on earth should show a
remarkable consistency. You are pilgrims in the-world and not tramps.
Therefore, don't live like a tramp. Live like a pilgrim who knows
where he is headed. His life is consistent with the Christ that lives
within him als ...
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