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THE EPISTLE OF 1 THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 5:4-13 (9 of 11)
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day
should overtake you as a thief.
Clearly contrasted against the "they and them" who
shall enter into the judgment of the day of the Lord,
the believer does not live in the sphere of darkness
that they should be concerned about being caught up in
that judgment. Now from what I understand of the
tribulation period, this verse could not possibly
refer to tribulation saints, who are sinners who will
come to believe the Savior after the church is
removed, because multitudes of these saints will be
martyred and there is no indication of that in this
verse. In fact, this verse and following verses, will
reveal that deliverance is what believers have to look
forward to on this side of grace. Also important to
note is that prior to this chapter (4) Paul made it
very clear that the believers, and only believers, can
look forward to the snatching away of the church, not
the tribulation period, not wrath, but deliverance.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children
of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Believers are characterized as children of light
because God is light and believers are children of
God, so we are children of light and of the day.
Unbelievers on the other hand are not children of
light but of darkness. Light and day represent God and
His children while darkness and night represent the
lost. This truth concerning children of the day and of
those who are in the darkness and the contrast between
the two of them is seen in many passages.
>> You become a child of the day and of light by
believing in Jesus Christ.
35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is
the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest
darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in
darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
36 While ye h ...
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