According to Dictionary.com, sojourn / a sojourner is (according to my understanding):
- a temporary stay
- to stay for a time in a place
- live temporarily
- a brief period of residence
I first learned of this word “sojourn” through and while reading The Holy Bible Recovery Version.
Ephesians 2:19 – “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God”
Hebrews 11:13 – “All these died in faith, not receiving the promises but seeing them from afar and joyfully greeting them and confessing that they were strangers and sojourners on the earth.
1 Peter 1:1 – “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the sojourners of the dispersion of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia”
1 Peter 2:11 – “Beloved, I entreat you as strangers and sojourners to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul”
According to the usage of sojourners in these verses, The Holy Bible Recovery Version defines sojourners as (according to my understanding):
Or, pilgrims. Strictly, in this book this term refers to the Jewish believers who were pilgrims, foreigners, dispersed in the Gentile world (2:11-12). However, the principle of being sojourners could be applied to all believers, both Jewish and Gentile, because all are heavenly sojourners, sojourning as foreigners on this earth. These sojourners are God’s elect, chosen by God out of the human race, out of all the nations (Rev. 5:9-10), according to His foreknowledge (v. 2).
What do you make of our stay here is temporary (we all die you know)?