Those who are believers or non-believers abiding in fear are under the grasp of Satan, his lies, and deceptions.
Impure seducers and their abandoned followers give themselves up to their own fleshly minds. Refusing to bring every thought to the obedience of Christ, they act against God’s righteous precepts.
They walk after the flesh; they go on in sinful courses and increase to greater degrees of impurity and wickedness.
They also despise those God has set in authority over them and require them to honour. Outward temporal good things are the wages sinners expect and promise themselves. And none have more cause to tremble than those who are bold to gratify their sinful lusts by presuming on the Divine grace and mercy.
Many such there have been, and are, who speak lightly of the restraints of God’s law and deem themselves freed from obligations to obey it. Let Christians stand at a distance from such.
The Lord cometh: what a glorious time that will be! Notice how often the word “ungodly” is repeated. Many now do not refer to the terms godly or ungodly unless it is to mock at even the words, but it is not so in the language taught us by the Holy Ghost.
Hard speeches of one another, especially if ill-grounded, will certainly come into account at the day of judgment. These evil men and seducers are angry at everything that happens and never pleased with their own state and condition. Their will and their fancy are their only rule and law. Those who please their sinful appetites are most prone to yield to ungovernable passions. From the beginning of the world, the men of God have declared the doom denounced on them. Such let us avoid. We are to follow men only as they follow Christ.
False teachers are dreamers; they greatly defile and grievously wound the soul. These teachers are of a disturbed mind and a seditious spirit; forgetting that the authorities, are ordained of God, Romans 13:1.
Four things are here taught, as a Christian’s directory for his day’s work. When to awake; Now; and to awake out of the sleep of carnal security, sloth, and negligence; out of the sleep of spiritual death, and out of the sleep of spiritual deadness. Considering the time; a busy time; a perilous time. Also, the salvation near at hand. Let us mind our way, and mend our pace, we are near to our journey’s end.
Also, to make ourselves ready. The night is far spent, the day is at hand; therefore it is time to dress. Observe what we must put off; clothes worn in the night. Cast off the sinful works of darkness. Observe what we must put on; how we should dress our souls. Put on the armour of light. A Christian must reckon himself undressed, if unarmed. The graces of the Spirit are this armour, to secure the soul from Satan’s temptations, and the assaults of this present evil world. Put on Christ; that includes all. Put on the righteousness of Christ, for justification.
Put on the Spirit and grace of Christ, for sanctification. The Lord Jesus Christ must be put on as Lord to rule you as Jesus to save you; and in both, as Christ anointed and appointed by the Father to this ruling, saving work. And how to walk.
When we are up and ready, we are not to sit still, but to appear abroad; let us walk. Christianity teaches us how to walk so as to please God, whoever sees us. Walk honestly as in the day; avoiding the works of darkness. Where there are riot and drunkenness, there usually are chambering and wantonness, and strife and envy. Solomon puts these all together, Proverbs 23:29-35. See what provision to make. Our great care must be to provide for our souls: but must we take no care of our bodies? Yes, but two things are forbidden. Perplexing ourselves with anxious, encumbering care; and indulging ourselves in irregular desires. Natural wants are to be answered, but evil appetites must be checked and denied. To ask meat for our necessities is our duty, we are taught to pray for daily bread, but to ask meat for our lusts, is provoking God, Psalms 78:18.
We should be careful that nothing in our behaviour at the Lord’s table, appears to make light of that sacred institution. The Lord’s supper is not now made an occasion for gluttony or reveling, but is it not often made the support of self-righteous pride, or a cloak for hypocrisy? Let us never rest in the outward forms of worship, but look to our hearts.
Remember, a humble servant gives these messages obedient unto our Lord Yeshua as a Watchman. I pray for all.” Our Heavenly Father brings us to the river which bringeth forth fruit so we may partake of its sustenance and be filled spiritually with nurturing wisdom, and humble dedication in service to Yeshua.” “Blessings to All.” As you go forward in peace, knowledge, and strength. Amen and Amen.