Anderson, Leroy Dean
Title 1950 Strangers and Pilgrims LD Anderson First Christian Church Fort Worth TX HB
Book Condition Used: Good
Size Standard Hardcover
Publisher Christian Board of Publication 1950-01-01
Seller ID 121213010
This hardcover book was published in 1950 by the Christian Board of Publication with 192 pages including the frontispiece. Uncirculated church library copy. The text is unmarked. The binding is sound. The pages are toned. No dust jacket. The only library markings are card pocket and a library bookplate. The front hardboards shows some mild cloth erosion. The corners are bumped. FROM very early times men have likened life experiences to a journey. Patriarchs, prophets, poets, and pedagogues have freely used the analogy. Jesus of Nazareth, the greatest of teachers and preachers, magnified this imagery. Many have recognized Abraham as a man of heroic courage when, in response to the call of God to leave his native land, with all its associations and memories, and go forth to a land which he should afterward receive as an inheritance, he responded with a venture of faith. The historian declares, "He went out, not knowing whither he went." Centuries later Moses responded to the divine call to lead the children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt and upon the journey toward Canaan. Numbers of Bible students have interpreted that journey as an allegory of man's spiritual experiences. Some have thought of the bondage of Egypt as analogous to the life of sin; the Exodus, as regeneration; the Red Sea, as Providence; Mara, as discipline; the Jordan, as death; and Canaan, a type of God's Better Country, where awaits "the promise of the eternal inheritance." This should be an interesting and instructive bit of imagery......Men of sympathy and understanding are grieved at seeing individuals of good intentions and high expectations hastening toward inevitable distress, disappointment, and disaster. Jesus declared that the popular road, which is thronged with travelers, leads the wrong way, namely, to destruction; while the unpopular road, chosen by comparatively few, leads to life everlasting. The fact is made clear that each is honored with the privilege, and charged with the responsibility, of choosing the way along which he will make his journey......We shall begin our initial study by considering the counsel of the Apostle Peter. Perhaps he was the more sympathetic because of memories of personal mistakes. Presumably he saw individuals involving themselves in grave losses and grievous sufferings which he earnestly desired to prevent. Yet his caution and counsel are presented with a gracious gentleness which all may well imitate. He wrote:.....Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation [1 Pet. 2:11-12, A.V.]......Let us think of Peter's statement of the status of those whom he addressed as being applicable to us all, of a danger which imperiled them, and of a duty which he graciously urged upon them, together with motives calculated to impel to action......The status is summarized in two picturesque words, namely, "strangers" and "pilgrims." Think of their import......The Christian is in this world as a stranger, an outsider, an alien. Although in the world, he is not of the world. Between the two there are inherent and ineradicable antagonisms. John wrote:.....Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the vainglory of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. [1 John 2:15-16.].....