by Jerry Vines

I Peter 1:13-21
Have you ever wondered how pilgrims ought to live? How
they should livei well, these verses tell us the lifestyle of a
pilgrim. A Christian who is on a journey to a wonderful place
called heaven. So let's read about it in verse thirteen.
"Wherefore gird up the lions of your mind, be sober, and
hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at
the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not
fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your
ignorance: but as he who hath called you is holy, so be ye
holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be
ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who with-
out respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass
the time of your sojourning here" notice that little phrase, pass
the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that
ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, such as silver and
gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your
fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb with-
out blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the
foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and
gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God."
I thi-ik you couid well call I Peter a pilgrirmis travelers
guide for the planet earth. One of the favorite desiqnations
Simon Peter has for Christians is that we are strangers and we
are pilgrims in this world. In the fifteenth verse I have pointed
out the fact that he describes our life down here as a time of
sojourneying. John Bunyan picked up this theme from the word of
God and he wrote the greatest allegory of all times "Pilgrim's
Progress". So in a real sense you and I are pilgrim's traveling
through this world. And we are one our way to a wonderful city.
The men's ensemble has sung about ...

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