BSF Study Questions Romans Lesson 25, Day 3: Romans 13:11-12

Summary of passage:  The Second Coming will be here soon so walk right with God now, fully awake and cognizant of what you are doing for Him.  Set aside sin and put on Jesus!

Questions:

7)  The Second Coming is almost here where we will be with Jesus forever.  To live in the present moment and not just numbly go through the motions of life because Jesus could come any day!  Every day matters and all that you do matters.  Don’t dismiss your actions as frivolous.

8 )  Galatians 1:4:  “present evil age”.  Luke 19:44:  “the time of God’s coming to you.”  See also Matthew 25:31-46; Mark 13:33-37; Luke 21:36; Philippians 4:5; 1 Thessalonians 5:6,8; Titus 2:11-14; James 5:7-11; 2 Peter 3:11-14; 1 John 2:28; 3:2-3

9)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  People get stuck in the mundaneness of life and just go through the motions. They get complacent with their life and next thing they know 20 years has gone by with nothing to show for it.  I get this way at times as well.  Luckily, I’m an active person and I’m out in the world, trying to figure out what to do with my life.  Still, I get complacent about attending church, reading the Word, praying.  All things I need to remember–namely God and Jesus–first.  THEN everything else.

Conclusions:  Paul has a very good point:  stay present and remember life could be over any second.  Don’t take one moment for granted.  Make it about Him always.

End Notes:  In essence, be in the presence moment and don’t just go through the motions of life.

Putting aside darkness (sin) and putting on light is a metaphor with putting on clothes (which we all do).  Put on Jesus (the armor of light) every morning!

Spurgeon explains this passage: “The rags of sin must come off if we put on the robe of Christ. There must be a taking away of the love of sin, there must be a renouncing of the practices and habits of sin, or else a man cannot be a Christian. It will be an idle attempt to try and wear religion as a sort of celestial overall over the top of old sins.”

The night is the present evil age.  This is a clear teaching of the nearness of the end times (1 Corinthians 7:29; Philippians 4:5; James 5:9, 1 Peter 4:7; 1 John 2:18).  Early Christians did not believe Jesus would return within a few years.  Instead, they saw the death and resurrection of Jesus as the events that began the last days (Hebrews 1:1-2).  “The night is nearly over” is the next great event in God’s plan, which is the Second Coming.  The day is when Jesus does come and ushers in the consummation of the kingdom.

One of my favorite songs that speaks to Paul’s theme:

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3 thoughts on “BSF Study Questions Romans Lesson 25, Day 3: Romans 13:11-12

  1. Question #9 asks to list ways Christians are slumbering. The problem with America is not America, but it is the state of the church in America. Many churches have become so seeker friendly that we no longer seek God or the message of the Gospel. The consumer mentality has invaded the church: Give people what they want and keep them satisfied regardless of the fact that we are diluting the message of the Bible. We have in many churches what is now called “Christianity lite”: Tastes great; less filling; watered down doctrine; Make the secular people “like us” by putting on Theo-entertainment with a good show that avoids the cross, discussion of sin, the blood of Jesus, carrying our own cross, the cost of discipleship, and now give them a Madison Avenue type Jesus.
    The church wants to keep the consumer satisfied and “scratch their itch” and “tickle their ears” with feel good emotions and a spiritual high. The church has become man-centered, rather than God-centered. America has become “spiritual” and “religious”, but no longer desires to have a personal relationship with the Jesus of the Bible; study God’s word in depth (Many Christians are Biblical illiterates); churches have elevated man and demoted God to the “old man upstairs”; the church has conformed to the culture so they would like us — even though Jesus said the world will hate us like they do Jesus, and the Bible says that friendship with the world is enmity with God; Christians look and act so much like the secular society we live in, that no one can tell us apart any longer.
    I could go on, but suffice it to say, I feel that the church is slumbering with spiritual lethargy. The two key phrases that are so commonly heard today is “I don’t know”, and “I don’t care”, showing our ignorance and apathy to God’s calling. I do appreciate AToZMom’s blog that keeps us involved in the Word of God thru the BSF studies and the hard work she put in daily. God bless,

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  2. Sadly so true. It’s not only America. Even here in Africa. Africa has been invaded by self-styled prophets, apostles, papas.
    I think it’s everywhere. May GOD help us

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