Assumes that faith has an established connection with salvation. 1. Self righteousness is the sleep of delusion. Christianity does not allow the believer to imagine that everything is done when a title to the kingdom is obtained. Romans 13:8-14. Nearer as to the preparation for it. " The mortifying of the flesh, and a clear, unmistakable protest against the evil ways of the world. I do not think Rowland Hill was at all foolish when he said to an old woman upon her dying bed, "As you are going first, take my love to the four great Johns — John who leaned on Jesus's bosom, and John Bunyan, and John Calvin, and John Knox, and tell them poor old Rowly will be coming by and by." Apparel for dignity. The Church is appealed to as exercising a firm faith in the gradual consummation of the dawn into day. Meditation, casual and unsettled, must give place to eager and fixed contemplation; and with the feelings of a heart which regards Jesus Christ as all, we must follow hard after Him. Jesus warned (Matt. Enough of your time has passed in an unaroused, unawakened state already. Advent season sermon to prepare us for the coming of Christ. "When you believed." TIME TO AWAKEN OUT OF SLEEP. 2. Paul is saying this ought to be a motivating force in our life. Renounce the deeds of darkness. Verification Code. Romans 13.11-14. 4. If we have put on the garments of light, it behoves us to have done with the things that belong to the night. The day that is coming will bring absolute deliverance from evil in every form.2. The salvation will be a salvation from death to life; from sin to holiness; from shame to glory, Divine and everlasting.3. Others are prone to be overtaken with an oft-recurring sleep. He is not indifferent towards us. I. The Church is only in the dawn of the day of redemption. To holiness — "Put on Christ" — the Source of new life. In applying it to the latter, I just tell him that he has less time in which to escape, and therefore less likelihood of obtaining deliverance. His life after death is "day." 1. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches this sermon from Romans 13:11-14 about what is awaiting the Christian. Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. The Sleep of the Church. To faith — "Put on the armour of light.". So soon to be done with earth and sin and evil and conflict! 12-14 ***** Romans 13:11-14 . IRREVOCABLENESS. We have sailed along with a favouring breeze. Conclusion: There are some of you who are not nearer your salvation than when you believed; because, first, you never did believe; and, secondly, that which you are nearer to is not salvation. 3. And here is the everlasting argument, "It is high time... walk honestly as in the day. If you slumber with salvation so near, you will provoke God to awaken you by a shock dreadful and trying. The day is at hand.". You do at times get on fire with love for souls, but then after the sermon, or the week of special services has ended, you go to sleep again. "The night is far spent." The righteous may "not sleep as do others." John Hagee (October-22-2020) Daily Devotion: Romans 13:11 - And 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 A significant and essential change needs to occur in this nation to combat the deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons that have hypnotized us! Not only will the darkness be gone for ever, but the day of perfect and eternal sunlight will have come. They have "cast off the works of darkness," detesting the habiliments of night in which they slept and sinned. (2) The clouds of mystery will soon be lifted. "For now is our salvation nearer," etc. Subscribe and Get Sermons and Live Streams by John & Matt Hagee DIRECTLY TO YOUR INBOX! So near to heaven! That is a world of light in which we shall both know ourselves and be known as we really are. Do not encourage infidel thoughts. 3. You may open shop to-morrow morning for the last time. Take care, then, you do not give way to the drowsiness that precedes the slumber of infidelity. "It is high time to awake out of sleep." Rejoice that you are so much nearer heaven. Since then you have had a good number of storms. Those who are entitled to anticipate salvation must be holy. III. (3)The night of sin and suffering. Men have been taught to consider salvation bestowed in its completeness upon believing that Christ is the sacrifice for the world's sin, and all that thereafter remains is heaven; whereas salvation simply begins then — nothing more. He lulls the soul into false security. Paul calls us to do the things that he outlined above. Romans 15. Pitts Creek and Beaver Dam Churches. When the Duke of Wellington asked one of our soldiers how he would like to be dressed if he had to fight the battle of Waterloo again, he answered that he should like to be in his shirt sleeves. Gratitude does indeed become us when we consider the value of the blessings which are imparted, or the principle upon which those blessings are secured and bestowed. dark hours of pain and sorrow will soon be over. This must be, that the whole of Christian character may be developed, and that the whole of Christian duty may be performed. Romans 13 tackles three big areas that living-sacrifice Christians must address. Romans 13:11-14 exhorts us to live in the present in light of the future return of Jesus Christ. God and duty, and all spiritual realities seem often to fade away into mere phantoms in the clash and hurry of commerce. Ever enduring. Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. They will not bear to be separated, but we must disentangle them by considering how each of them bears on our own life and practice. That time we have is so short that we cannot allow any of it to be wasted or lost. 2. 4. Ignorance, crime, etc. In chapter 12: 9 he speaks of the core quality of a Christ-like life, which is sincere love. Romans 13:11-14 Today's Blessing: May the Lord bless you and keep you. There is in Him a complete and suitable apparel for thy soul, by which every blemish and defilement shall be put out of sight. The call to love our neighbor as ourselves ups the ante of living as a Christian. They are inactive and idle, and are doing nothing to prepare the way of the Lord. III. As the ship which is within a few hours' sail of the haven has sometimes been driven out to sea to struggle for weeks with winds and waves, till the crew are exhausted with hunger, fear, and toil, so has the indolence of saints been punished by a prolonged stay in this scene of trouble, instead of having an entrance ministered to them abundantly into the kingdom of the Saviour.Conclusion: 1. 1. The closeness of the end. 2. Sermon Bible Commentary. III. Paul felt the need to exhort the brethren in Rome to awake from sleep - Ro 13:11-14 a. You who have been converted, say these ten years, what have you done for Christ? "Our salvation" of final reward and happiness. (2) Ignorance, and the unconverted man has no discernment as to spiritual things. ", 2. 1. Here, then, is a powerful reason for wakefulness. The present life is a time of shadow and obscurity. Finally, how solemn are the lessons suggested by this subject to unconverted men! Many a man, tossed on a sea of doubt and uncertainty concerning creeds and theological systems, gradually loses his former spiritual intensity, and languidly suffers the work of salvation to remain stationary. 1. 2. Not only will there be a deliverance, but a crowning. Posted on December 2, 2013 by taylormertins. There is a spot in the Atlantic called the Saragossa Sea, which is subject to long calms, and is covered with a thick, entangling seaweed; and nothing of all he has to encounter on the wide ocean fills the experienced mariner with more genuine dread than to be caught in the meshes of this region of dead calm and entangling weeds. ", III. Think of that event. A Sermon by Martin Luther; taken from his Church Postil of 1521. 8-10 (To Love others all the time.) Have you ever felt the sadness of neglecting to visit a person who was ill until you heard that he was dead? Time past is time lost. The day that is coming will bring absolute deliverance from evil in every form.2. It is something that you know because God said it. About Us. Can you slumber while they thus hold forth the Word of life? 11 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. Do three things and you will be on your way. Contact Us. The woman in despair of her soul said, "Call back time again, then there may be a hope for me: but time is gone for ever!" Urges Christians to recognise their own personal advance towards salvation. how dark the hour of bereavement! Who can blame the sleeper when it is a question of infirmity or sheer exhaustion? THE EXPIRING OF THE EARTHLY, AND THE APPROACH OF THE HEAVENLY, ARE POWERFUL ARGUMENT FOR SPIRITUAL EARNESTNESS. Like Cassandra, there was a warning in the voice. In Christ there is —. Protestantism may slumber, but Jesuitism never does. Nov 9, 2003. 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