Prepare for the end – Part 2
Both the Old and New Testaments speak about the day of the Lord and warn of the danger of knowing the doctrines and not living by it, of dressing like a Christian but not living like one, and of having the knowledge of the truth in the head and not having the experience in the heart. Many believers have even forgotten that this world shall end up in flames one day. How believers need to slow down on gathering of wealth, property, recognition and concentrate on how to prepare for eternity and rescue others from hell! If there is any time believers need to separate themselves from the world, it is now. Before Jesus Christ establishes His millennial reign, this terrible day of destruction will come upon the world.
Sons of light have a peculiar picture. The Lord has left a very descriptive and clear picture of those who are getting ready for the day of the Lord. Such people are the shining disciples. Those who are born again and have tasted of the experience of Calvary; those who have in words and deeds, made Jesus Lord and Saviour, and those who have seen the light of the glory of Christ are not in darkness. But a believer who surrounds himself with sinning friends will have his lone voice about heaven drowned by myriads of voices talking about the world, politics, earth, marriage, family, children, achievements. Such a believer should come out immediately as he risks losing his faith.
The believer who has come out of darkness must ensure that his disposition and conduct reflect that of a child of light. He must constantly prove, examine and search what is acceptable unto the Lord and have no fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness. The reason is: those who abide in Christ do not abide in moral or spiritual darkness. Shining disciples do continually count their salvation so precious a possession that cannot be exchanged for anything. They do not allow careless friends or violent and wicked enemies to take away their salvation. Salvation is so important to them that they daily seek God for grace to work it out with fear and trembling. Called out of darkness, therefore, they “abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having (their) conversation honest among the Gentiles.” They are different from their colleagues in the office and neighbourhood. They don’t participate in or help to promote anything that has to do with darkness because they are in the light.
Saints have a destination, a destiny. Their minds are focused on it in spite of distractions, persecutions, arrows and darts of the enemies. And there is need for preparations for that destiny. Preparing for this destiny is what saints are to commit themselves to. It takes preparation and commitment to be ready for the coming of Lord and to escape the danger that shall come upon sinners on the day of the Lord. The phrase, “let us,” runs through the scripture verses under consideration, emphasising what we are to do in the course of preparation.
It says over and over again, “Let us” cast off the works of darkness; put on the armour of light; walk honestly; put no stumbling block on another’s way; promote peace; edify one another; keep the feast with unleavened bread of sincerity and truth; avoid fornication – be clean and pure; avoid tempting Christ; avoid murmuring; be watchful to avoid backsliding; cleanse ourselves from fleshly and spiritual filthiness; walk in the Spirit; avoid vainglory, envying and provoking fellow believers and ministers to sin; walk by the same rule; mind the same thing; be content with what you have; make our minds to be among those who will enter God’s rest; come to God for His grace; come to God for cleansing and purification if there is any sin; hold fast – don’t be careless with your Christian profession; encourage others to be better in their faith; know our weakness and lay them aside; receive grace to serve God acceptably.
Further Reading (King James Version): 1 Thessalonians 5:1-8; Acts 1:6-8; Ezekiel 30:1-3; Joel 1:15; 2:1,2,11,31; Acts 2:19,20; 1 Thessalonians 5:3; Jeremiah 8:11,14,15; 30:4-7; Isaiah 13:6-9; Zephaniah 1:14-18; Zechariah 14:1-4; 2 Peter 3:10-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:4,5; Ephesians 5:8-12; John 8:12; 12:35,36,46; Philippians 2:12-16; 1 Peter 2:9-12; 1 John 2:8; 1:5-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:6,8; Romans 13:12,13: 14:13,19; 1 Corinthians 5:8; 10:8-12; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Galatians 5:25,26; Philippians 3:15-19; 1 Timothy 6:8-12; Hebrews 4:1,16; 10:22-24; 12:1,28,29; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6.
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