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I Feel like Traveling On (17 of 21)
Series: Joy Book
There are three pictures of what the Christian life is all about in Philippians, chapter 3. He begins the chapter by picturing the Christian life as a bookkeeper. He says in verse 8, "I count." He is a bookkeeper.
Then he gives a second picture about the Christian life. He pictures the Christian life as a runner. He says in verse 14, "I press."
Now in verses 17 through 21 he gives the third picture. He pictures the Christian life as a traveler. He says in verse 20, "We look for the Savior."
The Christian life is like an accountant. The Christian life is like an athlete. The Christian life is like an alien. We're just passing through. We are travelers. We are going through this world.
When you read the Bible you will find that many times this picture is used to describe the Christian life. The Bible talks in terms that we are strangers and pilgrims in this world.
You may remember that we are told in the book of Hebrews about the life of Abraham. In chapter 11, verses 13 and following, it says, "And confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from which they came out, they might have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly; wherefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God; for he hath prepared for them a city."
These are the same terminologies that are used. This is the same picture that is used in our verses today. You will notice in verses 17 and 18 he uses the word "walk." He talks about people walking. The Christian life is like a journey. Life itself is like a journey.
Some of the older songs emphasize this. We have a song in our hymn book which says, "I am bound for the Promise Land. I'm bound for the Promise Land. Oh, who will c ...
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