If you’ve been around Reform Church for a while, you know that Jesus has redeemed us from this present earth, and instead, put the image of the new earth in us.
Galatians 1:4 (NKJV) …that He might deliver us from this present evil age… Hebrews 6:5 (NKJV) …and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come…
Because of this fact, we are called strangers to this present land that we walk in. We are the first of God’s new earth, but we’re living in the old one.
James 1:18 (NKJV) …that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures [new creation] Hebrews 11:13 (NKJV) …that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth [this present one]…
But isn’t it funny that when the Bible refers to the unbelievers that will live with us in the new earth, it calls THEM strangers instead.
Isaiah 61:5 (NKJV) Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, And the sons of the foreigner shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
We are strangers to the oldness of this present earth and they will be strangers to our new earth — which new earth we possess in us now, through Jesus (Romans 8:19).