I am opening this release with commentary from Matthew Henry’s commentary. It was not so strange if those who had not the benefit of divine revelation suffered themselves to be lulled asleep by the devil in carnal security, and if they laid the reins upon the neck of their appetites, and indulged themselves in all manner of riot and excess; for it was night-time with them.
They were not sensible of their danger. Therefore they slept; they were not sensible of their duty, therefore they were drunk: but it ill becomes Believers to do this. What! Shall Believers, who have the light of the blessed gospel shining in their faces, be careless about their souls, and unmindful of another world? Those who have so many eyes upon them should conduct themselves with peculiar propriety.
To be well-armed as well as watchful: to put on the whole armour of God. This is necessary to such sobriety as becomes us and will be a preparation for the day of the Lord because our spiritual enemies are many, and mighty, and malicious.
They draw many to their interest, and keep them in it, by making them careless, secure, and presumptuous, by making them drunk – drunk with pride, drunk with passion, drunk and giddy with self-conceit, drunk with the gratifications of sense. So we, have, need to arm ourselves against their attempts, by putting on the spiritual breast-plate to keep the heart, and the spiritual helmet to secure the head; and this spiritual armour consists of three great graces of Christians, faith, love, and hope, 1 Thessalonians 5:8
1. We must live by faith, and this will keep us watchful and sober. If we believe that the eye of God (who is a spirit) is always upon us, that we have spiritual enemies to grapple with, that there is a world of spirits to prepare for, we shall see a reason to watch and be sober. Faith will be our best defence against the assaults of our enemies.
2. We must get a heart inflamed with love, and this also will be our defence. True and fervent love to God, and the things of God, will keep us watchful and sober, and hinder our apostasy in times of trouble and temptation.
3. We must make salvation our hope, and should have a lively hope of it. This good hope, through grace, of eternal life. It will be as a helmet to defend the head and hinder our being intoxicated with the pleasures of sin, which are but for a season. If we have hope of salvation, let us take heed of doing any thing that shall shake our hopes, or render us unworthy of or unfit for the great salvation we hope for.
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
This prayer is taken from Psalms 1:1-8 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; in his law, he meditates day and night. And shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season, his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so. But are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous. But the way of the ungodly shall perish. We thank thee, Lord. For all you have blessed us with. This, we pray and accept in the name of Yeshua. Amen and Amen. “
CLOSING STATEMENT by Robert
They must comfort or exhort themselves and one another, for the original word may be rendered both these ways. And we may observe, As those are most able and likely to comfort others who can comfort themselves. Hence, the way to h comfort ourselves or to administer support to others is by compliance with the exhortation of the word. Note, We should not only be careful about our own happiness and welfare but to promote the comfort and health of others also. He was a Cain that said, Am I my brother’s keeper? We must bear one another burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ 2. They must edify one another, by following after those things whereby one may edify another, Romans 14:19.
Please remember these articles are the work of a humble servant of Yeshua doing His bidding as a Watchmen sounding the Trumpet to warn of impending danger within the Assembly. May our Father abundantly bless each one of you with wisdom and discernment to go forward as His “Modern Day Disciples.”
Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee, Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Yeshua is everlasting strength. (Isaiah 26:3-4)