Summary: To enumerate the acceptable spiritual tasks and activities for us as sons of the day.
Are you of the light and day?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To enumerate the acceptable spiritual tasks and activities for us as sons of the day.
1 Thessalonians 5:5-7 (Amplified Bible)
For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we do not belong either to the night or to darkness.
Accordingly then, let us not sleep, as the rest do, but let us keep wide awake (alert, watchful, cautious, and on our guard) and let us be sober (calm, collected, and circumspect).
For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who are drunk, get drunk at night.
Acceptable spiritual tasks and activities for us as sons of the day.
Sons of the light and day
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: 49 to 54 B.C. but uncertain
C. Purpose: to comfort believers and encourage them to a life of purity
D. To whom written: Thessalonica church
E. Main themes: Most personal of all of Paul's epistles
F. Keyword: Sanctification
1 Thessalonians 4:3 (Amplified Bible)
For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (separated and set apart for pure and holy living): that you should abstain and shrink from all sexual vice,
G. Key verses:
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 (Amplified Bible)
And may the Lord make you to increase and excel and overflow in love for one another and for all people, just as we also do for you,
So that He may strengthen and confirm and establish your hearts faultlessly pure and unblamable in holiness in the sight of our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) with all His saints (the holy and glorified people of God)! Amen, (so be it)!
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (Amplified Bible)
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God. And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first.
Then we, the living ones who remain [on the earth], shall simultaneously be caught up along with [the resurrected dead] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord!
Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
We are sons of the light, sons of the day.
Sons - children, son, son of pride, sons of light, one who is converted by another's instrumentality, a male descendant, male child, male issue of a parent.
Day - tame, light, gentle, time space between dawn and dark, whole 24 hours, a period.
Light - means luminousness, fire, to make manifest, to shine
A. We don't belong to the night or the darkness
"we do not belong either to the night or to darkness"
John 12:36 (Amplified Bible)
While you have the Light, believe in the Light [have faith in it, hold to it, rely on it], that you may become sons of the Light and be filled with Light. Jesus said these things, and then He went away and hid Himself from them [was lost to their view].
Acts 26:18 (Amplified Bible)
To open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may thus receive forgiveness and release from their sins and a place and portion among those who are consecrated and purified by faith in Me.
Isaiah 42:7 (Amplified Bible)
To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, and those who sit in darkness from the prison.
Isaiah 42:16 (Amplified Bible)
And I will bring the blind by a way that they know not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known. I will make darkness into light before them and make uneven places into a plain. These things I have determined to do [for them]; and I will not leave them forsaken.
1. Darkness is "shadiness", "obscurity"
a. obscurity - that quality or state which renders anything difficult to be understood
b. state of being intellectually clouded, ignorance
c. shady - sheltered from the glare of light or sultry heat
B. Let us not be like others
"as the rest do,"
"Accordingly then, let us not sleep, as the rest do,"
Sleep - to lie down to rest, to fall asleep
1 Corinthians 15:34 (Amplified Bible)
Awake [from your drunken stupor and return] to sober sense and your right minds, and sin no more. For some of you have not the knowledge of God [you are utterly and willfully and disgracefully ignorant, and continue to be so, lacking the sense of God’s presence and all true knowledge of Him]. I say this to your shame.