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Perspective - Strangers in the World

// posted Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 by Mervyn Eloff

“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, strangers in the world” 1 Peter 1:1 In the opening verse of his first letter, the apostle Peter uses a very striking word to describe Christians in their relationship with the world. The word Peter uses (translated in the NIV with the phrase ‘strangers in the world’) is the Greek word paredeimos, literally ‘resident alien’. This description may seem strange to us but it had great significance for first century readers and thus it is important that we understand it correctly.