The Armour of Light
A Sermon on Romans 13:11-14
Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (ESV)
Have you ever been suddenly awakened in the middle of the night by bright lights? For some, this can be an incredibly alarming and disconcerting experience. In this sermon on Romans 13:11-14, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains the similarities between this kind of event and conversion for those who become Christians and trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins. We are called to wake up out of our spiritual sleep. What does Paul mean when he tells us to awake and arise? Overall, it is a general call to spiritual discipline. Time and time again, Scripture warns us against living in a purely theoretical way. The Christian life is to be one that is extremely practical. We are to take the knowledge of our conversion and the knowledge of what it means to be saved and apply those truths as we seek to live our lives. Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that it is because the Christian has been washed that he needs to keep himself clean. In constant practice, we are to put off the old man and put the new man on. Since we have been saved from being slaves to sin, why would we still live as we did before we were saved? Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages Christians to live a life worthy of the Gospel of Christ.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.