Lessons from Peter: Just a-PASSING through


Just a PASSING Through

We have a song that goes like this:

This world is not my home

I’m just a-passing through

My treasures are laid up

Somewhere beyond the blue

The angels beckon me

From heaven’s open door

And I can’t feel at home

In this world anymore.

(HfW #230)

This song is a good reminder of the lesson found in 1st Peter chapter two.

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;” (1Pet 2:11)

The line in the song that says “just a-passing through” is the theme of this article. What does it look like to be strangers and pilgrims?

It means that we’re just a-PASSING through this life headed for our heavenly home.

Getting bogged down with the affairs of this life is very easy to do, and something all of us struggle to overcome. The parable of the Sower warns of this problem; “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful” (Mark 4:19).

Going on a vacation or living temporarily in another place for work might be a modern-day illustration to teach the same lesson.  

One word Peter uses to describe our situation is as PILGRIMS. Strong’s defines this as “an alien alongside, i.e. a resident foreigner.” This same word is used to describe the life of the heroes of faith listed in Hebrews 11:4-12. A resident foreigner is one who is living in a temporary place, but doesn’t put down any roots.

Someone that is passing through to their true home will “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col 3:2). Most of us when we travel feel out of place among the locals, especially if they speak a different language and they have a different culture. While we may enjoy much of the experiences, we will long for our own home, our own bed, and our own people. We may be welcomed, but we don’t feel at home.

Peter uses another word to describe our condition in this life; living as STRANGERS. The word for “stranger” is defined as a sojourner (one having a home nearby). A sojourner is only staying for a little time, PASSING through. The locals recognize us as strangers and will often comment on that fact. When we are passing through an area, we stand out as strangers. Home is often just a few hours away, it’s nearby through the wonders of modern-day travel. Our heavenly home is closer.

We stand out because we are different in our speech, manners, and confusion about the area. Many times, we’re separated from the residents because many of the tourists gather at tourist sites, and eat at touristy locals. For our purposes, we are SET APART (sanctified) from the world. While we look like the locals, we are not to be conformed to the world. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Rom 12:2). Peter describes this separation, “Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you” (1Peter 4:4).

Sometimes we’re passing through but on an extended stay. We may even rent houses, buy groceries, and work for a longer period of time. It may appear that we’ve moved in, but we’re still INDEPENDENT from the world. “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” (1John 2:15; cf. Jas 4:4). Our life as Christians ought to resemble this mindset. All too often we let the concerns for this life supersede our concern for going to heaven. We focus on many worldly CAUSES, Cures for disease, Alleviating pains, Undoing mistakes of our past, Shaping our government, Escaping financial woes, or making the world a Safer place. These are important things, but the solving of them won’t take us to heaven.

If we were to travel to another country, we would be a people from one NATION passing through another NATION. Peter tells us, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1Peter 2:9). This also speaks to our purpose. While traveling our goal is to tour the sites, and eat different foods. For the Christian, our pilgrimage is for the purpose of shining the Light and singing His praises.

None of us give up our citizenship when traveling to a foreign land, neither should we give up our citizenship in heaven while living here. Paul wrote, “For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil 3:20 ASV).

Finally, when we travel, we have no intention of staying permanently, and we’ll let everyone know. We live in temporary dwellings, we don’t lay down roots, we may even tell the residents about our home. This same description is used of the heroes of faith. “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For they that say such things make it manifest that they are seeking after a country of their own. And if indeed they had been mindful of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God; for he hath prepared for them a city” (Heb 11:13-16).

Like them, we are GOING to a City (another song we sing #199 HfW) if that is what we want to do. The lesson from Peter is to remember that, since the introduction of sin, this world holds no hope for us. It is a world of pain, persecution, and prejudice.

I look around at all the trouble in this life and long for the next. I just want to go to heaven. I hope you do as well.

Spencer is an evangelist for the church of Christ at Franklin and Juniper in Borger Texas.

Lessons from 1 Peter: BAPTISM that saves

1Peter 3:21:

The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:


What is the BAPTISM that saves us?

the BAPTISM that saves is a BURIAL. Col 2:12; Rom 6:4

the BAPTISM that saves is AUTHORIZED by Christ Mark 16:16

the BAPTISM that saves is an essential PART of conversion Acts 2:38; 3:19

the BAPTISM that saves TRUSTS in God’s working through our faith. Col 2:12

the BAPTISM that saves is IN CHRIST. Rom 6:3-4; Gal 3:27

the BAPTISM done for the right reason, the right way, with the right heart SAVES. 1Pet 3:21

the BAPTISM that saves is done immediately upon learning whether at MIDNIGHT/ midday / same hour / upon H-B-R-C. Not a scheduled monthly church event. Acts 16:33

Lessons from 1 Peter: how to be READY

but sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: being ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear: (1Peter 3:15

READ. 1Tim 4:13; 2Tim 3:14-17; Act 17:11

EAGER. Acts 26:2

ALWAYS. See Paul, Acts 23:1; 26:2

DEFENSE, not defensive. 2Tim 3:15-16.

YOU can do it. Eph 3:3-4; Titus 1:11

Lessons from 1 Peter: the POWER of Christ


Every chapter of 1Peter has a reference to the suffering of Christ. By looking at these we can see the POWER of His suffering as we face similar difficulties in the Christian’s life.

  1. P-PRECIOUS. 1:19 Precious Blood Shed.
    1. Type Passover Ex 12:5; Joh 1:29,36; 1Co 5:7;
    1. Purchased with Acts 20:28;
    1. forgiveness, redemption Eph 1:7;
    1. His own blood Heb 9:12,14;
  2. O-OBSERVE (follow) His Example. 2:21 Example to follow.
    1. deny self, take up cross Mt 16:24;
    1. leaving an example Joh 13:15;
    1. this mind Php 2:5;
    1. living godly in Christ 2Ti 3:12;
    1. walk as He walked. 1Jo 2:6
  3. W-WATER. 3:18-22 Through Christ’s DBR, through Water.
    1. DEATH. Ro 5:6 in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
    1. BURIAL. 1Co 15:4 And that he was buried,
    1. ROSE AGAIN, 1Cor 15:4; Ac 2:32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
    1. ANTITYPE. Noah’s Ark. saved by water.
  4. E-EXCEEDING JOY. 4:12-16 Exceeding Joy when Glory revealed after suffering.
    1. Ac 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
    1. 2Tim 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him:
    1. Mat 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
  5. R-REVEALED. 5:1-4 Returning, Revealed, Really Happened.
    1. v1; Glory that shall be REVEALED
    1. v2; but of a ready mind;
    1. v3; responsibility, ensample; entrusted with.
    1. v4; ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

Lessons from 1Peter: SUBMIT


1 Peter 2:13-25

SPOUSES. 1Pet 3:1-7; 1Cor 7:1-5; Eph 5:22-33

USA. Gov. 1Pet 2:13; Rom 13:1-7;

BRETHREN that labor in the Lord. 1Pet 5:5

MASTERS. 1Peter 2:18; Eph 6:5-8; Col 3:22

IN THE CHURCH. Heb 13:17; 1Pet 5:5

TRUE EXAMPLE. SUFFERING like Christ.   1Pet 2:21-25

Who is Peter?

A lesson about the Apostle PETER.

PASSIONATE. John 13:6-9

an EYEWITNESS to Christ. 2Pet 1:17

TESTED by Satan. Luke 22:31

EVANGELISTIC & Bold. Act 2 – 5

a man of REPENTANCE. 2Pet 3:15-16

PILGRIMS and Strangers 1Peter

An outline from 1Peter 2:11

PASSING through. Sojourners 2:12

IN THE LIGHT. 1Pet 2:9

LOOKING FOR A CITY. Heb 11:13-16;

GROANING here. Lot vexed 2Peter 2:7-8;

RESISTING… the World. Jas 4:1-6; Ga 1:10; 1Jo 2:15. the Devil. Jas 4:7-8; Eph 4:27; 6:11; 1Pe 5:9

INNOCENT of guilt. (not perfect) 1Pet 2:12.



Lessons from 1 Peter

Here are a few lessons from 1Peter. Check back as new lessons are added.


1Peter Overview Chart.

Who is PETER?

1Peter is a quick start guide for Christians.

The POWER of the suffering Savior.


Overview of 1Peter 1.


Desiring the Sincere MILK of the word. 1Peter 1:22-2:3

We are LIVING STONES. 1Peter 2:4-8

Offer up SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES to God by Jesus Christ.

We are CALLED out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1Peter 2:9

PILGRIMS and Strangers. 1Peter 2:11

Just a-PASSING through.

by thy GOOD WORKS. 1Peter 2:12 (Scriptures about Good WORKS)

SUBMIT to one another. 1Peter 2:13-25

Follow in His STEPS. 1Peter 2:20-25


a Husband DWELLS with his wife. 3:7

How to be READY to give a defense. 3:15

the BAPTISM that saves. 1Pet 3:21

Christ is on His THRONE now. 1Peter 3:22


They Think it STRANGE. 1Peter 4:4

Be SOBER and watching. 1Peter 4:7-11


the work of ELDERS.

Ye younger SUBMIT.

Ye shall receive a CROWN.

Our adversary the Devil, SATAN.

Who is SILAS?

Spencer is an evangelist for the Franklin & Juniper st church of Christ in Borger Texas.