Summary of passage: Put aside sin (orgies, drunkenness, sexual immorality, debauchery, dissension, jealousy, etc) and put on Jesus (the armor of light).
14) Personal Question. My answer: He is the opposite of sin and will defeat sin. Light wins out in a dark world and always defeats it. With Jesus all sin melts away and I can defeat it.
15) Personal Question. My answer: Constant prayer, memorize Scripture, surround myself with Christian friends who can keep me accountable, put God in the center of my life, remember who this world is all about (Jesus), try to keep myself away from things that cause me to sin and places and events.
Conclusions: Not sure we needed two days on Jesus is the light of the world.
End Notes: [Same as yesterday’s] 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.
The armor of light allows us to both defend and attack like in battle.
We have to work to not let sin creep into our lives since it is our nature to sin. This is part of being present so you can stop sin in its tracks!
When we clothe ourselves with Jesus, he becomes our partner and helper and he works through us (not for us) to combat sin.