Need to be Awake -- Salvation is Near
- SCRIPTURE: Romans
13:11-14 = "And that, knowing the time, that
now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation
nearer than when we believed.  The night is
far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast
off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour
of light.  Let us walk honestly, as in
the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and
wantonness, not in strife and envying.  But put
ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the
flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof."
B. THE IMPORTANCE OF STAYING AWAKE AND
- WHY SHOULD WE BE AWAKE AND ALERT?
- "Salvation nearer than
when we believed." [ Romans
- "The night is far spent"
- "The day is at hand"
- HOW DO WE AWAKEN?
- "Cast off the works of
darkness" [ Romans
- "Put ye on the Lord Jesus
Christ" [ Romans
3:26-27 = "For ye are all the children of
God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been
baptized into Christ have put on Christ."
4:19 = "My little children, of whom I travail
in birth again until Christ be formed in you."
- HOW TO STAY AWAKE?
- "Put on the armour of
5:16 = "Let your light so shine before
men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father
which is in heaven."
5:8-14 = "For ye were sometimes darkness,
but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness
and righteousness and truth;)  Proving what is
acceptable unto the Lord.  And have no fellowship
with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove
them.  For it is a shame even to speak of those
things which are done of them in secret.  But all
things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for
whatsoever doth make manifest is light.  Wherefore
he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead,
and Christ shall give thee light."
- "Walk honestly"
2:6-7 = "As ye have therefore received
Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built
up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught,
abounding therein with thanksgiving."
5:15-16 = "See then that ye walk circumspectly,
not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the
days are evil".
- "Make not provision for
the flesh, to fulfil the lust thereof" [Romans
5:24 = "And they that are Christ's have
crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts."
Thessalonians 5:22 = "Abstain from all
appearance of evil."
- AWAKE AND ALERT WE WILL NOT ENGAGE
- Rioting, or Revelling [ASV] = From
the Greek "komos" = "A revel, carousal"
the consequence of drunkenness.
- Drunkenness. = From the Greek "methe"
= "strong drink" (akin to "methu" = "wine,"
denotes "drunkenness, habitual intoxication, or drunk
- Chambering. = From the Greek "koite"
= "primarily a place in which to lie down, a bed, especially
the marriage bed, denoting illicit intercourse upon.
- Wantonness. = From the Greek "aselgeia"
= Licentiousness, filty, lascivious.
word is used in
Jude 4 = "For there are certain men
crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this
condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into
lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and
our Lord Jesus Christ."
- Strife. = From the Greek "eris"
= "strife, contentions" the expression of enmity.
- Envying. = From the Greek "zelos"
= "Envying, jealousy, with indignation"
- WE WILL WALK "HONESTLY",
OR "BECOMINGLY" [ASV]:
the Greek word "euschemonos" = Becomingly, decently,
honestly." It is used to show the contrast in the way
a Christian is to act as opposed to worldly social life.
Corinthians 14:40 = "Let all things be done
decently and in order."
Thessalonians 4:12 = "That ye may walk honestly
toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing."
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