by Jerry Vines

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I Peter 1:13-21

The Christian life is compared many places in the Bible to a journey. Peter, writing this particular letter, begins in the first verse by referring to believers as strangers. Then in the second chapter, verse 11, he says, "Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims." So the Christian life is compared to a journey.

In verse 17, at the end it says, "Pass the time of your sojourning here in fear." The Christian life is like a journey. I would encourage all of our young people somewhere along the way in your education to read John Bunyan's classic allegory, "Pilgrim's Progress." John Bunyan has picked up on the theme in the Bible of the Christian life as a journey and he has referred to it as "Pilgrim's Progress."

There are different ways to take a journey. Sometimes you can take a journey as a tourist, just going along the way and viewing the sights and looking at the things which are there. But the Bible says that the Christian journey is a pilgrimage.

In verse 11 of chapter 2 he talks about the fact that we are strangers and pilgrims. A pilgrim is a person who is on a journey, but he is on a journey with a spiritual purpose in mind. He is on a journey to somewhere. We are strangers and we are pilgrims in this world. We are on a journey.

Simon Peter says that we strangers, who are pilgrims in this journey, have been saved by the marvelous grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the opening 12 verses of the first chapter he has discussed the whole subject of salvation. We are Christian pilgrims. We are on the journey which leads to Glory because we have been saved by our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. But now he says in verse 13, "Wherefore," which means that he is going to get practical. He is going to apply the fact that we are saved and that we are pilgrims on a journey to the daily life which you and I are to live.

We are sav ...

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