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February 22, 2013

Living Holy in the Last Days

Romans 13

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. 12 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 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

I am not into the end times escathology. All I know is that one day Jesus will come and in the end Jesus wins. I also know that every day is a day closer to Jesus’ return and Jesus did command us to do some things. He tells us not to sleep but share our faith and the gospel because He is coming soon.

He then commands us to have a lifestyle that is different from the world. Behave decently, don’t get drunk, don’t commit sexual sin, don’t be jealous and the likes. He then tells us what to really do to be able to fulfill all those things –

Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ. He was reminding the people of what Christ did – He imparted righteousness to us therefore we must be righteous. Remind yourself of the gospel everyday – I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength to do His work. My righteousness is based on His love for me and not on what I can do for Him thus the outworking is I live a life guided by Christ and not by my flesh.