In David Bruce Hegeman's Plowing In Hope he comments on whether or not Christians are Pilgrims in this world.
While this is the way most English translations translate the Greek parepidemos, Hegeman argues for a different term. He modifies Augustine's Resident Aliens to Alienated Residents. He writes:
"We are grieved at the present state of affairs on our beloved earth and long and pray for its liberation from the curse and sin (Rom. 8:19ff; Lk 11:2). Our situation can be compared to a prince who is living in cognito in a rebel province belonging to his father, the king. This territory will one day be rightfully his, but right now the prince risks great harm from his insurgent neighbors if his true identity were ever to be revealed. Thus the prince would be an alien in his own country. We Christians find ourselves in a similar situation. As heirs of the promised inheritance (Gal. 3:27; Eph. 1:11, 6:3), we find ourselves in a world full of evil, sin, and misery. But we live with the hope that the rebels will be foribly removed from that earth (Mt. 13:41), and once it is renewed and refurnished, we will be returned to our home to live for ever and ever ing God's glorious presence." pages 86-87
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