I ask the Christian viewer reading this, are you in darkness? Does sin have a grip on you? Those in darkness will be taken by surprise by the Lord, whether by His coming or by death. So what does being in darkness actually look like and is there a way out of it ?
“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:3-5 , 7-8)
As described by these verses, darkness refers to sinful living or a toleration of sin in ones life.
Jesus said “…If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” (Rev 3:2, 3) and “Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy” (Rev 3:4). God is speaking to Christians here. One group is in darkness and the other is in light and He says to those in the light, “They are worthy”. Be careful with the “once saved always saved” doctrine which teaches you are always saved. That’s false. God makes a clear warning to those Christians who are in darkness to watch or else they will miss His return. Those Christians who miss His return were living in sin and if they were to die in that state suddenly, they would not inherit God’s Kingdom (because they did not keep their garments clean and thus are considered unworthy to be with Christ – See also the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25)
“…the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night…But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief” (1 Thessalonians 5:2-4). We see by this verse that “not watching” is the same as walking in darkness (living in sin). So by this we can conclude that those Christians who will miss the Lord’s return are the ones living in sin; and because they are living in sin they are considered unworthy and will not walk with the Lord in that great day. These once knew Christ and believed in Him but fell into darkness. God warns them to get out but if they remain in it, there is no easy past for them into God’s Kingdom.
Before we knew Christ we were in darkness, which is to say we blindly followed the course of sin which leads to hell. But now, if we are in Christ, we are in the light meaning we follow Him, believing in His sin cleansing blood; having an understanding that the sinful things we did in the past are evil, and thus we can no longer live such a life of sin. ” I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. ” (John 8:12) These things spoke Jesus to show us an example of how we ought to conduct ourselves on earth.
We can fall back into darkness: “Be not partakers with them” implying that a Christian can fall back into these things though we had once believed in Jesus; and if we remain in darkness we will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:21). We’re saved by faith in Christ but faith without works is dead (James 2:14-17). If you say you believe in Jesus Christ then it will be seen by the way that you live. You can say you love Jesus and profess to know Him all you want, but if you are living in darkness then you have denied Him already (Titus 1:16). And if you deny Jesus He will deny you in that great day (Matthew 10:33). Let us be aware, alerted, watching and examining our hearts to see if we are in the faith. No matter how far you’ve gone from God He’s only one step away and that’s Repentance: a turning away from the course of sin, a confession of those things to God, and seeking Him with your whole heart; while you put your trust in the Blood of Jesus for the washing away of your sins. Amen.
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Keep your Garments Clean
No doubt it is only by faith in Christ that we are saved but if we believe what Jesus said, most assuredly we will keep ourselves away from sin, doing what God commands in His Word; and His commandment is Life (…)
“Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy”. – Rev 3:4
These saints mentioned above are members of the same church who made it into the kingdom of God. Their “garments” were not defiled. They did not defile themselves with sin but endured temptation and difficult trials by having faith in God. “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” – 1 Thess 5:5-6 That word sober means not to be drunk, to be clearheaded; alert and thinking logically and coherently.
I like how the Berean Study Bible translation of Ephesians 5:3 says it: “there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed [in you].” We all fall short of the glory of God in many ways but its these kinds of sinful hints that defile us, that keep us in darkness. Our cups must be clean outward and inward. No man would drink out of a cup with just a tiny bit of filth. Therefore neither will God tolerate a hint of sexual immorality. I say this in love and in the fear of God.
“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:14-19)
The word circumspectly means careful to consider all circumstances and possible consequences; to look around. To be spiritual asleep is no joke. Those who do not watch shall be taken by surprise when the Lord comes or in judgment day these will give account of their deeds and such as do the deeds of darkness will not inherit the Kingdom of Christ.
“But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.” Thessalonians 5:8
Faith, Love, and the Hope of Salvation: These three things will keep you awake, you will not be asleep.
When God abides in you and you in Him, you have perfect love which casts out fear (1 John 4:18). There is a link between God’s commandments and love. Both are one – If you love God you will keep His Word (John 14:15)
And finally brethren “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” Matthew 26:41
by our works we can deny Him