by Jerry Vines

I Peter 1:1-2
"Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered
throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. Elect
according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification
of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus
Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied."
After the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, two of his disciples
were walking down the road. The Lord Jesus joined himself with them
but they didn't know who he was. In the course of the conversation
they had been talking about his death, his burial and his resurrection
in Jerusalem. So the Lord Jesus asked them what they were talking
about. And they replied, they said to him, are you a stranger only
in Jerusalem and don't know the things that are taking place? In
a real sense Jesus Christ was a stranger when he walked upon this
earth. He really didn't belong here. He was different from the way
most people lived in this world. In a real sense Jesus was a stranger.
But, ah Jesus was a special stranger when he walked on this earth.
Because there was the fragrance of heaven about his life. He was
God's son from heaven. He was God's only son who had come down
to walk among men, to love men and to die on a cross for their
sins. Jesus Christ was a special stranger. Now in I John chapter
four verse seventeen, the bible says "as he is, so are we in the
world". And this verse indicates to us that the Lord takes what
he is and he makes his children that in this world.
So I believe that we could correctly say today that just as
Jesus was a special stranger in this world even so God's children
are intended to be. Now the book of I Peter is written by this
apostle of the Lord to a group of Christians who were having a
hard time. They were facing a hostile world. They werye encount-
ering terrific persecution. They were going through unbelievable
sorrow. So Simon Peter is writing a book to encourage God' ...

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