You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. I Thessalonians 5:5-6; 8-11
“Stand in the light and be seen as you are” is a verse from a beautiful song by Kentucky native, Jordan Smith, winner of NBC’s The Voice.
The album that he debuted with had that hit on it and this is something that has come to mind as I have read part of a letter from Paul talking about the end of time. I could talk about it–but for Paul, it was a part of clarification instead of full instruction.
These verses speak on living a life in the light. Johnny Cash said that “God is going to cut you down” for what’s “done in the dark will be brought to the light” as Jordan Smith expressed to live as you are in the light.
Paul confirms our identity in Christ: “Sons of the light; daughters of the Day” (MSG Translation). Being in the light requires attention and requires one to pay attention to their surroundings. That’s what Paul has suggested to us for the end of times. May I also suggest that Paul alludes to standing firm in your faith as you wouldn’t notice the subtle pride and arrogance the people are in until it was too late if you don’t stand firm? That’s what I think of some of verse 6 and 7 allude to.
Back to these verses: The letter to the Thessalonians is thought to be one of Paul’s earliest works. If that’s the case then we can see the beginnings for the Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-16) where faith and love are a breastplate and hope of salvation is a helmet. And it’s a joyous occasion to be filled with salvation when our Master calls us home!
Encourage one another and build up community so everyone may live with together with the Almighty God.