Weekly Word Definition – Foreigner

A person born in or coming from a country other than one’s own.

The noun Foreigner has 2 senses:

1. a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country.

2. someone who is excluded from or is not a member of a group.

What is the difference between Foreigner and alien?
  1. As nouns the difference between foreigner and alien is,
  2. a foreigner is a person from a foreign country.
  3. an alien is a person, animal, plant, or other thing which is from outside the family, group, organization, or territory under consideration.
Who is considered a foreign national?

A foreign national is a person (male or female) that is a legal resident of a country other than the United States. This person may come to the United States throughout the year, whether on vacation or on business, but their primary home is in another country.

Luke 17:17-19 (NKJV)
So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”
And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

There are people from all over the world that have been promised a place in Heaven. God will not discriminate against anyone who has the faith needed to become a Christian.

Those who desire to go to Heaven must do so through faith in Jesus Christ. Just because we are from the most powerful country in the world today, does not insure us a place in Heaven. Just because we belong to the original church or the largest church in the world does not matter when it comes to going to heaven.

There are no natural citizens in Heaven. There are only foreigners. We cannot buy a place, win a place in Heaven.

Just as the foreigner in verse 19 above, only our faith in Christ will give us a place in Heaven. We are born into this world and people are born into many different countries, however, according to Christ (John chapter 3), we must be born again to go to heaven. We can only reach Heaven through faith and the healing powers of re-birth.

Have a nice day, foreigner.

Also, the Sons of the Foreigner

“Also the sons of the foreigner Who join themselves to the LORD, to serve Him, And to love the name of the LORD, to be His servants– Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And holds fast My covenant.”

Isaiah 56:6 (NKJV)

When I was in the Navy, my wife made sure I got off the ship in every port and had some fun. Her rule was, I had to buy her a coffee cup in every port my ship pulled into. Needless to say, my wife had lots of cups from Naples Italy.

One day I was with about ten other guys and we were just looking through the shops in Barcelona, Spain. One of the men turned to me and stated, “I wish these foreigners would speak English.” The merchant looked at us and stated, “You do.”

As Americans, we sometimes forget that we are foreigners when we are in a place where no one knows us. Even if I went back to the town where I was raised in Arkansas, I would be a foreigner because no one there has seen me in fifty years.

As Americans, we have the mindset that “foreigners” are people who are not Americans. To the Jews, a foreigner is someone who is not a Jew.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  1. A person belonging to or owing to a foreign country.
  2. Chiefly dialectal: one not native to a place or community

One time when my ship stopped in Barcelona, three of my friends and I decided to find a small bar (I wasn’t a Christian then) and have some fun. We found such a place deep into the community.

When we entered, there was only the girl behind the bar and an elderly man sitting at one of the tables. It was my turn to buy, so I went to the bar and the others sat down at a table. I managed to tell the girl what I wanted by pointing and holding up four fingers.

The girl motioned for me to go to the table and she brought us our drinks. When the girl arrived at the table, one of the guys had taken his camera out and was taking pictures of the inside of the bar.

The girl promptly sat in my lap and indicated through hand gestures that he should take her picture in my lap. She then sat in each of the others’ laps and got her picture taken.

That afternoon we all had some good clean fun, we and the people in the bar laughed along with us and when we started to leave, there was no tab to be paid. Tell me, who were the foreigners that day?

African American Family studying bible together

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference.

Romans 3:21-22 (NKJV)

Notice that Paul didn’t say the name of any denomination, creed, color, or gender of people. Paul stated those who believe. That does not include those who attended some class to become a member of the church, was anointed by a priest as a baby, or pretend to be a believer so they can gain status in the community.

God (through Paul) stated that anyone who believes and continues to believe until they look like Christ. Those are the ones who will become the “righteousness of God.”