July 31, 2018
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 31 July 2018
A praise song titled “Children of Light” declares: “It’s a new day / everything changed / when Your love came into the darkness / You sent the light of the Son / You sent the light of the Son / Wake up / open your eyes / no longer dead / we are alive / rise up / children of light / open the doors / go let it shine.”
The Bible rejoices that God’s people “are all sons of light and sons of day” (1 Thess 5:5). Christians “are of the day” (v. 8) for the believer knows “full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night” for some; yet, God’s people “are not in darkness, that the day would overtake [them] like a thief” (vv. 2-3). Conversely, when the unbelievers will be saying, “‘Peace and safety!’ then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape” (v. 3).
For the Lord’s second coming to occur, there are specific events that must occur (v. 3). Believers will not be “in darkness” (v. 4) when God fulfills his plans relating to the return of the Lord Jesus. God has appointed his people “for obtaining salvation” not wrath, and on the day that the Lord Jesus returns, the believer “will live together with Him” (vv. 9-10).
Until the time of the Lord’s return, believers are to be characterized by spiritual alertness and watchfulness, in addition to being sober minded and self-controlled (vv. 6-8). Christians are to “put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation” (v. 8). The armor metaphor depicts the combatant, earnest, and readiness qualities of a Christian. Faith, love, and hope are the best protection for promoting one’s emotional and intellectual wellbeing. Jewish readers would also relate the biblical imagery of God as a divine warrior coming to the aid of his people (cf. Isa 59:17).
Isaiah 59:17 - He put on righteousness like a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; and He put on garments of vengeance for clothing and wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.
According to the Lord Jesus, his return will culminate in believers shining “forth as the sunin the kingdom of their Father” (Matt 13:43; cf. Dan 12:3). Until the Lord returns, “the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day” (Prov 4:18). “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing” (1 Thess 5:11). Encourage a brother or sister in Christ with the truths concerning the second coming of the Lord Jesus.
REMINDER: the Capitol Commission (interim) Bible Studyis next Tuesday, 7th of AugustRoom 123 CAP, Georgia Capitol, @ 12 Noon