When we look over the first chapters of Chronicles, to read which is like entering a great world-cemetery, how we are struck with the shortness of life at the best! 12). All the power to be holy, forgiving, heroic, enthusiastic in the service of God, comes through Christ when we are in Him. It was the Sunday to change the clocks and she forgot to change her's. Updated: Sat, 10/07/2017 - 07:12 By admin. A call to activity. The Church is appealed to as exercising a firm faith in the gradual consummation of the dawn into day. To holiness — "Put on Christ" — the Source of new life. THE MOTIVE BY WHICH ST. PAUL STRIVES TO STIR CHRISTIANS FROM COMPARATIVE INDOLENCE — "Now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.". The day that is coming will bring absolute deliverance from evil in every form.2. If we have put on the garments of light, it behoves us to have done with the things that belong to the night. Attainment facilitates yet further attainment. 2. Matthew tells us the conversation between Jesus and the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Links. But knowing the time does not signify any precise knowledge of its future limits. 2. When we see Jesus as He is, we shall put some such question. The difficulty of awakening grows with the progress of delay. "It is high time to awake out of sleep." It is daylight. "To awake from carelessness and indifference" - B. W. Johnson b. But the measure of every one's heaven hereafter depends upon the spiritual meetness which has been developed in him here. Cast off your night clothes. It is vigilance, not indolence, to which believers are elected. The call to love our neighbor as ourselves ups the ante of living as a Christian. Nothing is more beautiful and more symbolical of eager expectation than the dawn. Let us, then, hear the trumpet-call of duty, and, as we go forth, let us brace up our spirits with the inspiring thought that "the night is far spent, and the day is at hand." At night a man may yawn and stretch himself; but when the morning comes he should be brisk, for the day will be none too long. Can you sleep still? Not only will there be a deliverance, but a crowning. Romans 14. It is characteristic of this midway state that the salvation,of the Christian company is regarded as incomplete. A significant and essential change needs to occur in this nation to combat the deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons that have hypnotized us! Each fresh day should see us awake and diligent. 1. We have a good hope through grace. AN URGENT DUTY. ROMANS 13:11-12. A work demanding real, earnest care and watchfulness, and calculated to draw forth our utmost energies. Romans 13:11. As one man said, "I milk a lot of cows, but I churn my own butter." You may go home to-night to offer the last prayer at the family altar which you will ever utter on earth. TIME TO AWAKEN OUT OF SLEEP. We are getting far into the gospel dispensation. Self righteousness is the sleep of delusion. The powers of darkness are awakened into more malignant activity by the morning light. Paul calls us to do the things that he outlined above. We have time, i.e., season; a particular opportunity for preparation. THE MOTIVES WHICH SHOULD INDUCE YOU TO AWAKE. There are difficulties in reconciling religion and science. Then the man begins that course which terminates in everlasting life. Ordinarily little or no account seems taken of their progress, but they are dealt with as having yet much to do. Salvation" is a life, a work, a growth, a consummation, a progress from first principles to complete and glorious development and crowning. Worldly business, pleasure, honour and applause, become the means of bringing us into a state of declension. Ever enduring. The salvation will be a salvation from death to life; from sin to holiness; from shame to glory, Divine and everlasting. Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. It is possible to appear very devout, to sing hymns, to hear sermons, to teach in the Sunday School, to pay your religious contributions punctually, maintain the habit of prayer, and yet you may be a somnambulist. And when we call to mind that in the parable all the virgins, the wise as well as the foolish, slumbered, we cannot but conclude that there is no privilege to godly men of dispensing with watchfulness. You are soon to associate with those who serve God day and night in His temple; and shall you now slumber? Already we may hear the sound of his chariot-wheels. It would help your sermon if you wore some kind of “garment” that signified your ordination or calling. The day that is coming will bring absolute deliverance from evil in every form.2. Romans 13:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 13:11, NIV: "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." Life depending on exertion. "The day is at hand," and the pilgrims are bidden to anticipate it in the holy decorum of their lives, and to be clothed with the only garment worthy of the day, Christ Himself. You may open shop to-morrow morning for the last time. Assumes that faith has an established connection with salvation. He is one of the company that shall receive the Lord. The lost years of your existence, the interests of truth, the value of souls calls on you to awake. It belongs to Him to regulate this who is the Author and the Finisher of faith. "Lift up your heads with joy, for your redemption draweth nigh.". THERE IS SOMETHING WORTH WAKING FOR. This change is called a being turned from darkness to light — a being quickened — becoming children of the light and of the day, etc. Take care, then, you do not give way to the drowsiness that precedes the slumber of infidelity. a lot of cows, but I churn my own butter." Please use these sermons as the Lord leads, but nothing on this site may be used for profit without my expressed, written permission! And there are few things in Scripture more striking than the remonstrances addressed to such. The salvation will be a salvation from death to life; from sin to holiness; from shame to glory, Divine and everlasting.3. It is an awful thing when a man calls himself by the name of Christian, and yet can be unchaste in conversation, lascivious in spirit, wicked in life. 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. © 2014 - 2020 Sermons Online. What is Spiritual Coma? I. Jul 3, 2005. They cannot retard the day, but they make its progress a perpetual contest, so unlike the progress of the natural day in which dawn glows into morning, and morning melts into midday, etc. So near to heaven! Romans 13 Commentary; PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY. 1. She walked in, and sat down. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. 4. Sleep not on the shore while the mighty billows of eternity are approaching. Our topic for this morning is 'Awakened from being Spiritually Comatose.' A garment suitable for everyday work. Wake up starting each day. Paul felt the need to exhort the brethren in Rome to awake from sleep - Ro 13:11-14 a. II. The present life is a time of shadow and obscurity. II. THE CALL TO AWAKE. The waters of the river as they roll to the sea, caught up in mist, may again flow down the mountains into its channel, but an hour once gone in the roll of millenniums shall never return. Our own day may be over within an hour or two. Put on your morning dress. There are these Sabbaths ahead, the outpourings of the Spirit, covenant blessings, etc. John Piper Aug 14, 2005 127 Shares Sermon. Persons walk along giddy heights safely enough when fast asleep, where they would not venture when wide awake. If you, whose age and attainments show that your salvation is so near, slumber, it must damp the ardour of the young disciple. other exhortations to a Christian walk generally. The only Scriptural certainty that a man will be saved is the certainty that he will struggle. The nominal Christian ought to be much struck with this. This sleep —. The closeness of the end. (3) Its abounding wickedness. So soon to stand with the ransomed on the heights of glory and shout, "Thanks be to God, who hath given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! 11-14 But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. II. But the language is only general to find out the individual. Oh, what a heaven to be with Him! But simple faith waits on in hope that makes no calculation. This may mean —. "The day is at hand." 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. So soon to be done with earth and sin and evil and conflict! In the middle of the night, if you have to go about the house, you are not particular as to how you are dressed; but you do not go out to your business slip-shod, but arrayed according to your station. Romans 13:11-14 Theme: The Christian tradition invites us to celebrate 3 advents the 4 weeks of advent. These should be put on at once, and our soul should be dressed for service. (1) They sleep no more. 3. To repentance — "Put off the works of darkness. How should a child of light conduct himself? Preaching Sermons That Work From Romans 13 is a sermon about servicing the debt of love. But Christ was Himself the dawn and the morning star of His own coming day. This knowledge is attained (Ephesians 5:14) when the Great Awakener pours the light of conviction into the chambers where sinners sleep the sleep of death, and gives them the light of life. The portals of the future are coming fast into sight, and soon they will open for you to pass through. Quickly has the perfection of glory followed the formation of grace, but in other cases there are many years betwixt them. That day will be perfect when Christ shall come "without sin unto salvation.". 1. You are ten years nearer heaven, then. Follows upon the religious life losing its first freshness and novelty. It is nearer in order of time. "Now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." 4. The cultivation of Christian gratitude. (Romans 13:11-14) God’s Medicine for a Sick World (Romans 13:8-10) How to be a Godly Rebel (Romans 13:1-7) ... We want to join together with pastors and Christian workers to equip the church in China, broadcasting translated sermons, providing ministry resources for … Raiment for all emergencies. 4. "The day is at hand." Time past is time lost. The sleep of the body, indeed, becomes lighter as we approach the morning season. Scripture: Romans 13:1–7. It is a joy and privilege once again to be able to bring the Word of God to all of you. How utterly insensible they are to the sins and sorrows of those around them. To betake ourselves to diligence and duty. 1. That time we have is so short that we cannot allow any of it to be wasted or lost. And the time that remains to any of us for casting off the works of darkness and putting on the armour of light is ceaselessly gliding away, whether we use it or no. Revolving suns bring it continually nearer. Sermons.com provides sermon illustrations, sermons, powerpoint and worship resources, and children's sermons & bulletins. Let the consideration of the nearness of salvation reconcile you to affliction and to death. If faith does not purify, it is a fiction. 3. 2. Shall we, then, dare any longer to sleep away our lives in inactivity? II. “Besides this”—or “Do this” (v. 11a). Note —. Sermon Romans 13:11-14 Good Christian Rock Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Childern's Sermons Hymn Lists Romans 13:11-14 Good Christian Rock Dr. Mickey Anders It is two o'clock in the morning, and the phone rings. Romans 13:11-14 put on the Lord Jesus Christ, Part 1; Romans 13:11-14 put on the Lord, Jesus Christ, Part 2; MATTHEW POOLE. What able to be done during its progress. (2) The clouds of mystery will soon be lifted. We are at a tipping point. And this salvation is nearer the Christian's grasp to-day than when he first believed. 3. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Covering for nakedness. 3. That is a world of light in which we shall both know ourselves and be known as we really are. Revelation unites in one solemn and most conclusive pledge, that having through grace believed, and being by that grace in that faith preserved, we shall enjoy the delights which are treasured up in the everlasting kingdom. It is at that happy season that a man is brought from a state of condemnation into a state of acceptance, and that a principle of holiness is implanted in the soul. ", III. Into what a deep slumber some professing Christians have fallen! Who is there that knows how long he has to live? The day that is coming will bring absolute deliverance from evil in every form.2. Nov 16, 2003. 14). 1. For the most Christ-like is never enough like Christ. It is a great point gained to have made a definite beginning in a good work. Jesus warned (Matt. So soon to stand with the ransomed on the heights of glory and shout, "Thanks be to God, who hath given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! Like a person sleeping in a house on fire, unless the deadly charm is broken, we must be consumed. 2. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Many are passing away from us and from the sphere of our influence. And this salvation is nearer the Christian's grasp to-day than when he first believed. And if the soul's activity is intercourse with God, and work for God, is not that soul asleep that does not care to speak to God, to work for God? Romans 13:11-14 . Jeffrey T. Howard. Have you ever felt the sadness of neglecting to visit a person who was ill until you heard that he was dead? Be up and awake to what God is doing! If there were no connection between what we do in this life, and what we shall receive in the next, it would still be impossible for true Christians to be indolent. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. How many fancy that it must be well with them, because once they were "converted." Scripture: Romans 11:1–6. The words remind these early travellers of the great secret that the Lord is at hand, bringing with Him all that their hope can conceive. Text: Romans 13:11-13. The state of unconverted men (1 Thessalonians 5:4-8; 1 Corinthians 15:34). Let us never do evil that good may come. The fairest sights may be around us, but, so long as we are asleep, for us they do not exist. It intimates that saints sometimes fall into a state of indolence and carelessness. These relationships are connected to the social setting of the community (13:13-14), and they are understood in terms of the new aeon that started with the death and resurrection of Christ (13:11). Awake! 3. In point of clearness of realisation. Romans 13.11-14. The salvation will be a salvation from death to life; from sin to holiness; from shame to glory, Divine and everlasting.3. Great promises have already been realised; great victories won; many a rough place passed over and many a weary footstep measured off; many a Sabbath day's journey made: and already the "delectable hills" are in sight; angels are bending over the battlements of heaven to welcome the approaching pilgrim; and soon the conflict will cease, and glory immortal — so long contemplated by faith and longed for — will be a blessed realisation. Compared with eternity it is but a speck in the heavens, a grain of sand on the shore, and yet it has given birth to creation, and its cycles have brought wondrous revelations. But the night is far spent. A man may be awake as to all the things of time, and asleep as to all the concerns of eternity. 2. No tears shall be shed, for no sorrow shall be felt. [The following sermon is taken from volume VI:9-27 of The Sermons of Martin Luther, published by Baker Book House (Grand Rapids, MI). Fairer winds. Ignorance, crime, etc. 1. The Christian is to cast off everything that will not bear the light, to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. III. He must do it before daybreak, and "the night is far spent." 2. Romans 13:11-14 exhorts us to live in the present in light of the future return of Jesus Christ. Romans 1. Matthew tells us the conversation between Jesus and the Pharisees and the Sadducees. You have been nearly but not quite wrecked. And it is a spectacle which should stir all the anxieties and sympathies of the believer — that the world which has been ransomed by Christ's blood is nevertheless overspread with impiety. 1. Like Sir Galahad, whose strength was as the strength of ten because his heart was pure, the man who is Christ-like in spirit will overcome all temptations, and will grapple victoriously with all difficulties. Romans 13:11-14. 2. Moses again, "Like the grass," etc. But looking still further ahead, when we remember we are nearer our salvation think of what that salvation will be. Above all the billows Jehovah's power has kept you. There are few persons who must not cherish some interesting remembrances. As often as doubt assails you, fly in prayer to God for the strengthening of your faith. Deep, intense religious consciousness. Parents, avail yourselves of your opportunities. 3. Every time you hear in vain, you grow more sleepy, and the preacher's voice becomes only as so much music to lull you. Gradually his kingdom has been making progress in the earth, his truth has been gaining the victory over error. Salvation is far from the wicked; and what is most horrible, ye have put it from you, and judged everlasting life unworthy of your acceptance. But Paul goes on to explain, right from the beginning of Romans, in chapter 1 verses 16-17, he gives the remedy for sin problem. While we do this, we remember what God has done in the past, what he is doing now, and anticipate what he will be doing in … 2. Jesus warned (Matt. Many Churches exist, but with little zeal or progress 2. "(1)The night of spiritual conflict. And why? )LinksRomans 13:11 NIVRomans 13:11 NLTRomans 13:11 ESVRomans 13:11 NASBRomans 13:11 KJVRomans 13:11 Bible AppsRomans 13:11 ParallelRomans 13:11 Biblia ParalelaRomans 13:11 Chinese BibleRomans 13:11 French BibleRomans 13:11 German BibleRomans 13:11 CommentariesBible Hub, 3. 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. 1. Whilst this is true, even of the youngest Christian, it is pre-eminently true of those who are far advanced in life. 1. So soon to stand with the ransomed on the heights of glory and shout, "Thanks be to God, who hath given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! As the days slip from our grasp, each remaining moment should become more intensely precious to us. RESPONSIBILITIES. Volume 13 — #3351 — Romans 13:11-14 Perhaps you have wondered what the relationship between thoughts and actions are. How happily is this consideration adapted to lighten the infirmities of old age! 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Every moment rolls on the gladsome time! Romans 13:11-14 Living in the light of Christ’s return Introduction ‘Why should I do it?’ So many scenarios from the home to school, the office or the sports-field come to mind as an individual requests a justification for a course of action expected from them. Let saints be exhorted to use every means of excitement to this holy activity. Get your church set-up with online giving, sermon streaming, and more in under 24 hours. The anodyne is so powerful that none but the great Physician can apply a suitable remedy. A. I believe that God wants us to know the times in which we live. With them it is always night. Romans 13:11-14 What Does Romans 13:11 Mean? The Christian is put to school at conversion, and year by year he grows in grace and love and holiness, till his graduation day. II. (2) Impurity, "not in chambering and wantonness." The scales of justice and Truth are not just out of balance, they are in danger of toppling over. Summons Christians to meditate upon their salvation. Our time is given to be his disciples making him and his love known in the world. They say, "What is to be will be, and the Lord's purpose will be fulfilled; there will be some saved and others lost," as coolly as if they were talking of a wasp's nest. For this reason "it is high time to awake out of sleep.". 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual … Now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 2. Let our weapons be good weapons - the weapons of truth, justice, love. This state of wakefulness is a condition the very opposite of the sleep referred to. "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. The Lord has saved us from the sleep which is the first cousin to death — from indifference, unbelief, hardheartedness. 4. 2. WHAT FOLLOWS?1. (2) Ignorance, and the unconverted man has no discernment as to spiritual things. I have known a man profess to be converted, but he has merely put religion over his old character. Renounce the deeds of darkness. Call us at 888-634-2038. So soon to be done with earth and sin and evil and conflict! 2. Current circumstances are shaking us awake from our deadly slumber. Contact Us. 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." Our relation to God. May God send a Holy Spirit wind and fire into you, your church, your city and state, and this nation! MY REACTION TO THE TIME – Vss. The only way by which this change can be effected is by the powerful operation of the Spirit on the mind.