We are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others

1 Thes. 5: 5, 6.


The Christian, as a disciple of the Lord, as a pupil in the school of Christ, is being fitted for a place in the Millennial Kingdom—for a share in its wonderful blessings and rewards. Hence we see the necessity for the frequent admonitions of the Scripture that the Lord's people shall be awake—not of those who slumber; not of those who are idle; not of those who are overcharged with the cares of this life; but that they be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. Their service toward the Lord is primarily the bringing of themselves into as close harmony with the Lord's will, and into as close likeness to the Divine pattern as possible; and secondly, it is that by precept and example they may help others of the called ones in the same narrow way.


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In the Scripture symbolism, night represents sin, and darkness represents error, in which the poor world of mankind lies under the manipulation of Satan. Amid this night the light of the Lord has been shining, and some, unlike the world, have been awakened; and seeing its rays, and following them, they have been led into righteousness and truth. These, the Lord's people, are constantly alert to the light and walk therein.


Parallel passages: Rom. 13: 11-13; Eph. 5: 8, 11, 14; Col. 1: 12, 13; 3: 8; Eph. 6: 13­ 18; 1Thes. 5: 1-4, 7, 8; Phil. 4: 8; Isa. 9: 2; Matt. 25: 5; 1John 2: 8; 1Pet. 5: 8, 9.


Questions: What has this text meant to me this week? Why? How did it become so?

What were the results? What should be done with them?




POOR, fainting spirit, still hold on thy way—

The dawn is near!

True, thou art weary; but yon brighter ray

Becomes more clear.

Bear up a little longer; wait for rest;

Yield not to slumber, though with toil oppressed.


The night of life is mournful, but, look on—

The dawn is near!

Soon will earth's shadowy scenes and forms be gone;

Yield not to fear!

The mountain's summit will, ere long, be gained,

 And the bright world of joy and peace attained.


"Joyful through hope," thy motto still must be—

The dawn is near!

What glories will that dawn unfold to thee!

Be of good cheer!


Gird up thy loins; bind sandals on thy feet;

The way is dark and long; the end is sweet.


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