Through the Bible in One Year

Day 280

Romans 13:11-14

Before we move into Romans 14, we have one more section that we must deal with in Romans 13.  The words in these verses, which caused Augustine to reevaluate his life and turn to Christ, give a positive and negative application following the need to be awake in these last times.  The near end to the night means that the coming of Christ has brought the last days of salvation history.  There are no more phases of new promise, laws or additional covenants.  Negatively, we should leave behind what belonged to the old life (vv. 12-13).  Positively, in this new age the should put on the armor of light (v. 12) and clothe ourselves with Christ (v. 14).  We are what we wear, so we should devote ourselves to the service of Christ.  Focusing positively on devotion to Christ will crowd out our sinful desires.

And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.—13:11-12

Paul believed in the Lord’s fast-approaching return to take his faithful followers to heaven.  Paul believed that this event could happen even in his generation.  Christ warned that he would return at a time when people were sure that he would would not come (Matthew 24:42 and 44).  For this reason, we as followers of Christ must always be spiritually ready and must “put aside the deeds of darkness.”

Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing 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 flesh.—13:13-14

We must be so untied and identified with Christ that we imitate his example as our pattern for living.  This means that we adopt his values and principles, obey his commands and become like him.  This calls for a complete rejection of immoral behavior and the acts of the sinful nature.  What this means is that as Christians we must demonstrate outwardly the spiritual changes that have taken place inwardly.  Tomorrow we will pick up with the third take away we gleaned from verses 8-11, which takes into chapter 14 and through 15:13.

Tomorrow’s Bible Readings:

Jeremiah 10-11, Colossians 3:18-4:18, Psalm 78:56-72 and Proverbs 24:28-29

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