|Romans 13:11-13 |
11 Do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.3
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.4 [Near for these believers is the day when the light of God, Jesus the morning star, appears in their heart. The works of darkness are sin, walking according to the lusts and desires of your flesh instead of walking in the light with God's guidance in words to be spoken and deeds to be performed.]
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in revelry [partying] and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and excess, not in strife and envying. [From the Word of the Lord within: "Everyone, make it your ambition to lead a quiet and peaceful life. Have nothing to do with the evils of society. Everyone should put away what they are doing for the sake of righteousness. You do not have to go to Him to end your social life."]
4 The day [of the Lord's appearance in your heart] is at hand [near]. Put on the armor of light. As you are purified, the light rises in you heart, like the day star or morning star, to shine in our heart and allow you to see the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus. To put on light, is to abide [live, remain] in the light, where no devil can come; dwell in the light. George Fox writes of this:
‘The night is far spent, and the day is at hand; let us cast off therefore the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light.’ This armor of light is not natural, but divine and spiritual, to all the children of the light, and of the day. This armor of light is before darkness was, and the devil the power of it, and he, the power of darkness cannot pierce through this armor of light; and this armor of light is above all natural and carnal armor; and all the children of the light, that walk in this light, and this armor, they walk honestly, and decently, as in the day; for those who walk in ‘not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature,’ such are naked concerning the armor of light, and though they may make profession of Christ, they do not put him on.