Since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
We are children of the light, for we walk in the light of the knowledge of Christ. We are children of the day, yet we live in a world of darkness, sin and lawlessness.. and so we are to be sober, clear-headed and wise in our Christian walk and witness. We are to be sober and circumspect as we work, watch and wait for the Lord’s return.
This doesn’t mean living with a long face or putting on an illusion of piousness, but rather we are to be realistically alive and living in prepared anticipation. We are to be calm and collected in spirit, but not lulled into a false sense of security. We are to be temperate in mind, dispassionate in heart and vigilant in soul. We are children of light; children of the day – and so we are to be clothed in Christ.
There are three preeminent graces, which form a believers’ protective covering. Together they shine as shafts of light when Christ is seated on the throne of the soul.. for when we are covered with Christ we have put on faith and hope and love.
Both faith and love unite as one, for faith works through love – while love feeds faith. This protective breastplate of faith and love is our covering of Christ’s righteousness: for the heart that abides in Christ is the one that stands firm in the day of trouble.
Faith is the spiritual fruit of patient endurance: as seeing Him who is invisible. Love is the root that bears all things, believes all things, hopes and endures all things. The former enables the patient tenacity of trusting faith in Christ Jesus. The latter excites the diligent works of a growing love for the Jesus Christ, and they intertwine as His banner of love, over those that trust in His name.
The third grace of this harmonious trio of protective peace – is hope of salvation. The helmet of hope should protect our thoughts and flood through our minds, for hope is that sure anticipation of the glory of Christ that is to be fully revealed. The breastplate of faith and love covers our heart, enfolding us in His righteousness. The helmet of hope of salvation protects our minds from the darkness of this age. All three unite in our future promise in Christ, when we shall see Him as He is – for all are founded in the assured anticipation of the glory that shall be revealed.
We belong to the day, for we are children of light.. let us therefore be sober, clearheaded, watchful and wise. Let us put on the breastplate of faith and love, for we are covered in His righteousness, and for a helmet – let us wear the hope of eternal salvation in Him.
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