Go forth as a mailed knight to the war, for the battle rages on all sides, and you need the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left. Ro 13:11.). Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache. THE NIGHT IS ALMOST GONE: e nux proekopsen (3SAAI): LIGHT PEOPLE 5:4, 5; Heb. Hence to promote, and intransitively to go forward or proceed. It should serve to cause us to seek to redeem the time for the days are evil (Ep 5:16-see note). This power is of infinite use to him in the concerns of his soul. 7:12; 10:9, 11; 12:33; 15:1, 25; 18:35, 40; 19:29, 37, 41; 21:8, 20, 28; 22:1, 47; 24:15, 28; Acts 7:17; 9:3; 10:9; 21:33; 22:6; 23:15; Ro 13:12; Php 2:30; Heb. The King’s daughter is all glorious within, or she would never have received her clothing of wrought gold. The ungodly “world are altogether lying in wickedness,” (1Jn 5:19) and ignorant of all that it concerns them most to know. The anticipation of the Lord's return is also frequently mentioned elsewhere in the NT as an incentive for holy living, Paul writing to Titus that "the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing (teaching, disciplining) us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, (eagerly, continually) looking for (and motivated by) the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus. Charles Simeon explains why the old commandment is new: It was new as it respected the Lord Jesus Christ, who had proposed His own conduct as the model (which, of course, it could not be, till He Himself had completed His work on earth), and had enforced it with His own authority as Mediator, which also must be subsequent to His entrance on the mediatorial office. it is no less than “putting off the works of darkness, and putting on the armour of light;” a work which none can perform, except he be strengthened by almighty power. That does not matter at all for us at present, for the fact which he expresses as the foundation of this exhortation is true about us all, and about our position in the midst of these fleeting shadows round us. Our Lord’s coming brought a brief day—a “day of visitation,” (Lk 19:44) and of actual blessing, if they received Him. Put it off. Modern warfare has contemplated throwing upon the enemy mighty electric lights of such overwhelming brilliancy as to completely dazzle them. That is proper for the night, but not for the morning. There will not be another night for me, and therefore I shall not want them. For there is no authority … 11 And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people. 6:10, 11; 8:7, 13; 16:4, 23f, 32; 21:10; Num. (Romans 13:11-14 Dressing in the Morning). The night is far spent; the day is at hand. “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (2Co 6:17, 18). Get rid of your evil deeds. 5:7, 16, 29; 6:3; 10:5; 12:6f; Jon. ‘Walk in the light, as He is in the light’ ? Wake up! Does not the song of the birds and the glitter of the dew bid you shake off your slumber and have done with listlessness? Romans 13:13 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. We hear a great deal to-day about being ‘sanctified by faith.’ I believe that as much as any man, but the office of faith is to bring us the power that cleanses, and the application of that power requires our work, and it requires our fighting. Do you see how this agrees with what we had in Romans 6? "As we make our home in Tokyo," she wrote, "I am especially challenged by Romans 13:12, 'The night is far spent, the day is at hand. At the same time, the old age has not yet come to an end. In this brief but extremely rich passage, Paul tells us that as Christians we are all “morning people.” The time is just before dawn, the sky is brightening, the alarm is ringing, day is at hand. Because that light is on you shone Remember that what (Who) you are looking for, will (should) radically alter what (Who) you are living for. "Walk in the light! A Christian may reckon himself undressed if he be unarmed. We want to be those that are living by faith; carrying out His will in our lives; living a life that is honouring to God as we lay aside every deed of darkness and any activity that discredits His name. We may say that He is’ the panoply of God,’ as Paul calls it in Ephesians, and when we wear Him, and only in the measure in which we do wear Him, in that measure are we clothed with it. Praying through Romans 13:12 Heavenly Father, as I read through the book of Romans I am coming to an understanding that the time for Christ's return is drawing ever closer. Night...almost gone - Both of these phrases are time phrases. In the New Testament this eschatological (Ed: prophetic, "last things") hope is frequently used to motivate Christian conduct (Mt 24:45 thru Mt 25:13; Ro 13:11, 12, 13, 14; 1Co 15:58; 1Th 4:18; Heb 10:25; Jas 5:8, 9; 1Jn 2:28; 1Jn 3:2). Earlier in his epistle Paul systematically set out every doctrinal truth that relates to our salvation and living a god-honouring, Christian life... and as he begins to draw his letter to a close, he warns us that "the night is almost gone, and the day is near... therefore' we are encouraged to "lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light". The coverlet of night is not our covering by day. (Romans 13 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible), Warren Wiersbe reminds us that the “whole armor of God” as Paul refers to in Eph 6:13. is a picture of Jesus Christ. “Therefore...let us put on the armour of light” (Ro 13:12). A flask that is full of rich wine may be plunged into the saltest ocean, and not a drop will find its way in. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? I need to be a light in the midst of a great darkness. Heavenly Father, as I read through the book of Romans I am coming to an understanding that the time for Christ's return is drawing ever closer. A path, though thorny, bright; Up, too, and warn the world! William Newell writes that put on the armor of light... is a marvelous exhortation! In Romans 14:5, Paul is pleading with the Jewish Christians to cease fighting about the observance of ceremonial days and feasts which ended at the cross. These should be put on at once, In Ephesians Paul writes "Let no one deceive (Command to stop letting this happen) you with empty (futile, vain, words with no truth or reality) words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Already in Christ we have ‘tasted … the powers of the coming age.’ (He 6:5-note) Already, God has brought us ‘out of darkness into his wonderful light’ (1Pe 2:9-note). When you encounter an expression of time always interrogate it with the 5W/H'S = "The day" when the spiritual night of this present age disappears in the light of the glory of the coming King and His glorious Kingdom of light - cp Mt 24:27, 29, 30 Rev 1:7-note) should overtake (katalambano = "surprise") you like a thief (simile); for (term of explanation = explaining why the end of the spiritual night of this world should not surprise us) you are all (no exceptions - all believers are) sons of light and sons of day. the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation (Ed: Notice the great "triumvirate" of our salvation = faith, hope and love!). The apostle says, “cast off.” Let the habits of “your sinful nature be henceforth regarded as cast-offs: put them right away and say “I have done with them! By means of it he can ascertain his state before God: he has only to compare the records of conscience with the declarations of God’s word, and he can foresee the issue of the final judgment; and derive to himself the strongest arguments for vigilance and zeal. In fact, when Paul wrote Romans, Nero, one of the most evil rulers of all time, was on the throne. It is only by putting on the Lord Jesus Christ (Ro 13:14-note) that I can meet this urgent need. for it is sure to come, We all know how approaching automobile lights often ‘blind us. As citizens of heaven our lives should be a living sacrifice - holy and acceptable to the Lord, which includes honouring the government and submitting to the established, human authorities, which God Himself, has ordained. Rise up, O men of God! Unbelievers belong to the old age, and are still in the darkness. Moreover, it is time to have done with dreaming. There will always be recalcitrant horses that need to be whipped up, and jibbing horses that need to be dragged forward, and shying ones that need to be violently coerced and kept in the traces. Therefore (oun) grounds the duties now depicted (Ed: Cp Ro 13:12, Ro 13, 14-note) in the consciousness of the impending end. This illustration also gives you a sense of the action associated with the prefix ("apo" = marker of dissociation implying rupture from a former association) in apotithemi which pictures a state of separation of one thing from another by which the union or fellowship of the two is destroyed. As children of light, they are to walk in the light (cf. "Walk in the light! This is a frequent theme in the New Testament. Two conflicting arguments are made: that the passage mandates obedience to civil law; and that there are limits to authority beyond which obedience is not required. The apostle John alludes to the day of the Lord's return as the believer's great motivation for holy living... Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. John Calvin - Christ keeps the minds of believers in a state of suspense until the last day. Alas, that some Christians should be usually seen in this latter posture! Ergon is used in several combinations in the NT ("works of God", "good works", "works of faith"). Glow brightly till others The idea which the Apostle’s language first suggests to the mind, is, that we are attacked in our camp, and summoned instantly to arise and fight.