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The word stranger is used many times throughout the Bible. God speaks of Israel being strangers in Egypt (Exodus 23:9). Angels have appeared as strangers (Hebrews 13:2). In I Peter 2:11 Peter himself speaks of the servants of God as being strangers. Flip to Psalm 119:19 and it says “I am a stranger in the earth…”
Jesus, during his discourse in Matthew 25:34-46, speaks of being a stranger. To put it correctly, he is pointing out that those who tended to the needs of others will ‘inherit the kingdom I have prepared for you’. Jesus also speaks of his brethren during this discourse. Here he is speaking of mankind. Hebrews 2:17 backs this up. And how wonderful it is! Jesus saw fit to become a part of mankind.
Strangers come from another place. A person one doesn’t know is a stranger. Some folks are considered strangers because they have moved from other places, hence the use of native-born and transplant. But, if one considers that all people on this earth are called mankind, then no one is a stranger in this sense. All of mankind has the same destiny—to die (Hebrews 9:27). Judgment comes after this.
It’s sprinkled throughout the Bible that a day of judgment is coming. That day of judgment will take us to our final destiny. Chapter 2 of Ephesians spells out what will become of us. Verse 19 of this chapter also says “ye are no more strangers”. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that.
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