What is the Gospel for today? part seven
"And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy."
There are many words that used as metaphors for the meaning of life and death. I want to take a look at four specific terms for just a moment.
- "sleep"...this would be a term coined for death (spiritual and physical)
- "awaken"...a metaphor used for resurrection
- "the night"...this is referring to the age of darkness, where sin reigns in the heart of mankind
- "the day"...this again is speaking of the resurrection of the body to it's eternal reward, or punishment
In the physical realm, the sun rises in the morning and our days start with each one of us going about our daily lives, school or work for most people. At the end of the day, the sun sets and our lives are cloaked in the darkness of night (with a little moonshine at times).
In the spiritual realm, we either live in darkness, or sin, or we live in the light which is Jesus, the Christ. Yet, either way matters not, for there is nothing on this planet that is hidden from the Lord. He knows all, sees all and is in all places.
Psalms 44:21--"would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart?"
"put on the armor of light"
What does it mean to live "put on the armor of light"? How do we wear the light?
We are live as we would live in the Day of the Lord. Ok; so, what does this mean?
What will it be like in the Day of the Lord? Sin will be gone and all eyes will glory in and worship Jesus, the Christ. He is our Light. As we will live without sin in the Day of the Lord, so should we strive for holiness through Christ in this present day and age. We cannot be perfect as the Christ was perfect because it is in our nature to sin; but, we can strive for holiness through the Christ. As Father and Son will judge the heart of mankind, so we will either live in the Light or be sent away from the Light forever.
Ephesians 4:22-24--"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."
What will your choice be?
You are left with two (2) options:
- Continue in the behaviors associated with sin, which will lead to eternal damnation and separation from God. (Matthew 25:41--"'Then he will say to those on his left, "Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels."'")
- You can change your behavior to one of holiness and righteousness, and receive eternity in the Light. (Matthew 25:34--"'Then the King will say to those on his right, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world."'")
Don't be a hardened heart.
Ephesians 5:1-2--"Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."
God loves us, each and every one of us. He wants nothing more than for us to receive the riches He has for us. He wants us to come to Him with open arms into His open arms. In His arms, we find a safe haven and a place where our mindset is on the Christ and not on the world.
Ephesians 5:3-7--"But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immorality, impure or greedy person-such a man is an idolater-has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them."
When our mindset is on the Christ, we have a heart for all things of God. When we take our eyes off the Lord and, instead, let the fear of the waves crashing over us, we succumb to the things of the world and of the darkness.
Ephesians 5:8--"For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light."
Don't let your heart become so hardened or your conscience so calloused that the darkness becomes more your friend that the Light.
**For this article blog, I again used my own personal Bible version...NIV (New International Version).**