SUBJ: A proper assessment of the
time and its consideration in several aspects and the necessity of
Christ in evidence in us.
AIM: That we might ever be
conscious of nearness of salvation complete.
INTR: We again look to a connection
to the preceding passage and find it in that a call to action is here
sounded forth in directing to come alive to the things about us and of
Christ in us.
1. In looking to love and the fulfilling of the Law, we
proceed to considerations of who we are, when we are, and where we are.
2. The message here is to believers and it is a warning as to the
dangers of sleepiness and indifference. The story of Augustine and the
child saying “Tolle lege” in 386. It was verses 13 and 14 that he read.
3. The essential teaching coming from all this is that we should
cultivate and awareness of Christ in us and so look to that being
visible to ourselves and then to others and that we be engaged in
fighting the lusts of the flesh.
We have often cited the definition of the mystery of salvation which is
Christ in you, the hope of glory. In putting on Christ we endeavor to
bring that into visible practice.
I. The Time (v. 11)
are endowed with the ability to know in a way that is distinct from the
world (1 John 5:13).
1) This time is the era in which Christ and the
Gospel is preached and that shall continue with a forward and expectant
look to the future.
2) It is the unique time appointed to us
individually and collectively.
3) It is the time in which the hatred
of the enemy is manifested is directed against righteousness.
importantly, it is the time for wakefulness and attentiveness to needs
of the hour.
1) The tendency addressed is that of drowsiness and the
appearance of indifference – if it appears that way to others it will
manifest an unpleasant effect in us.
2) So, we have the mandate to
3. It is time to look to the nearness of our
salvation – it is nearer now!
1) It would be easy to be a scoffer in
view of the extended span of time for us.
2) Yet, we know that death
may overtake us and yet,
3) In fact, heaven’s glory fully expressed
is on the horizon and has been ever the expectation of us all – when it
comes it will seem as no time at all in that we dwell in eternity.
II. The need of a worthy walk (vv. 12-13)
1. The mention that
“the night is far spent” looks to the dawning that is ever nearer
The works and the workers of darkness seem to sense and resist the
dawning and the light
3. The impact on us may be subtle and come in
the form of tolerance and indifference which may give the implication of
agreement to those about us.
4. It is for that reason we are to put
on the “armor of light” – a countenance of Spiritual learning and
understanding, love, and the laughter that comes with the joy of knowing
and serving the Lord.
5. Thus, it is that we are to walk in open
contrast to the works of darkness which are so graphically described –
the things mentioned are but representative of sin in action.
III. Putting on Christ (v. 14)
1. Christ indwells His people and so
we understand how we can be called the light of the world – It is
because He is the light of world indeed and the light that lights all
2. We would have both His character and His works to be seen in
us and recognized as being because of Him.
3. He stands in stark
contrast to the way of the world.
4. Hear the Apostle: 9 Lie not one
to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10
And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the
image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew,
circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but
Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God,
holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind,
meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one
another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave
you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which
is the bond of perfectness. Colossians 3:9-14.
5. Herein is the
manner in which we would appear as those acutely aware of the time and
that the hour is now. May Jesus Christ be Praised!