(1 Peter 1:1-2) Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ: To the temporary residents of the Dispersion in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father and set apart by the Spirit for obedience and for the sprinkling with the blood of Jesus Christ. May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
We need to identify ourselves as foreigners “in this world”.
1. Foreigners “From Somewhere Else”
A. Earth is no longer our home.
B. Our home is in Heaven, and we’re ready to go home.
2. Foreigners “By Someone Else”
A. We don’t make ourselves into residents of Heaven.
B. Becoming a resident of heaven is entirely up to God.
(1 Peter 1:1b-2a) …chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father and set apart by the Spirit…
(Ephesians 2:8-9) By grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift – not from works, so that no one can boast.
3. Foreigners “For Something Else”
A. Becoming a resident of Heaven is the beginning of everything.
(2) …set apart by the Spirit for obedience and for the sprinkling with the blood of Jesus Christ.
B. Becoming a resident of Heaven is the beginning of obedience.
4. Foreigners “In Something Else”
(2c) May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
A. We live and move and bask daily in the middle of God’s GRACE and Peace.
(Proverb 30:5) Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
B. God rains blessings down on you when you’ve done nothing to deserve it.