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Children Of The Day

June 16, 2013

The majority of people choose to follow people who tell them what they want to hear; charismatic people; people who put on airs and pretend to know more than they actually do, and the like. On the other hand, there is a small core of devoted people who actually seek God and His truth by studying the written word, meditating upon it, applying it based on their practical experience in life, and praying to God for guidance. These are the children of the day, enlightened people who walk in the light of God's word as presented to us in the person, teachings, and life of Jesus Christ.

Bernie Parsons 

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Children Of The Day

by Bernie Parsons

 

Presented to Load church of Christ on 06-16-2013

Presented to Globe church of Christ on 06-23-2013

 

                                                                       

In the last lesson, I pointed out that many who profess to be Christians choose to follow false preachers and teachers. They do this to their own detriment. Instead, those who are true followers of Christ carefully choose to follow only those teachers and preachers who follow Christ.

 

1 Corinthians 11:1 "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you."

 

Ephesians 5:1 "Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

5 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.

6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is."

 

From the above, we see that in following God – that is, listening to him and doing what He says – we walk in the light of truth. Now, we put aside fornication, filthy talk, greed for more, and anything that is contrary to what God has said is true and right. There is no good that comes from those practices, and we must point that out. Instead, we walk as followers of Christ, making good use of our time, because evil is all around us. The only antidote is to know God’s will.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:5 "Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

8 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.

9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves."

Being children of light, we are to be alert and aware. We are of the day, so we must equip ourselves for what is coming. We know those who stand before, admonishing us. That is, we appreciate the work that they do. We follow those who follow Christ, and are at peace.

 

We, of the day, must prepare for spiritual battle against evil.

                                                                                                                                             

Ephesians 6:10 "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;"

 

Those who walk in light and are alert to danger understand that our spiritual enemies surround us on all sides. We gird ourselves in battle dress and weaponry to take on those enemies, while maintaining contact with our spiritual headquarters through prayer and supplication, not only for ourselves, but for all saints.

 

John 8:12 "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

 

John 11:9 "Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.

10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him."

 

John 12:35 "Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them."

 

Jesus Christ is the light of the world, and the light in our lives. We walk in Him and His light.

 

2 Corinthians 4:3 "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."

 

Those who stumble about in darkness do so because that they do not seek the light. They care more about the things of this world, which keeps them in darkness.

 

1 John 1:5 "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."

 

We walk in the light of Christ. We are the children of the day. We see our sins. We work to remove sin from our lives. We allow the blood of Jesus to cleanse us of our sins.

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