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January 2, 2016

TIME IS FLEETING

by Leslie John

Leslie M. John

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16)

Time neither stops nor can be stopped by anyone. However wise or mighty one may be, the time has advantage over a lazy or unfruitful man. The wisest man on the earth, King Solomon wrote:

“The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces” (Proverbs 30:25-28) It is just few hours ago that we waited for the New Year to dawn upon us and it is two days past the New Year’s day already. How quickly the time fleets!

Many of us indeed feel sorry for having lost much time on discussing trivial matters of celebrities, or engaging in frivolous discussions, or turning the pages of newspapers to read articles of base and mean things of life.

Bible exhorts believers to redeem the time because the days are evil. Redeem the time as and when it is available, seize the opportunity to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ because the days are evil. It is the best way to do good to all men, especially to those who are already believers because they need to be refreshed in their knowledge of the truth in order for them to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The days are evil and none of us can afford to waste our time.

What does it mean to redeem the time? It is buying back or rescuing something that was lost. Bible exhorts us that we, who are born-again, were once in darkness, but now as we are in the light, we should walk as the children of light. When the light shines all the things of the darkness are exposed.

Therefore the Lord says that the children of God should arise from ineptitude and be awake to the knowledge of the truth. The Lord says that we should walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise redeeming the time because the days we live now are full of evil.

“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved ;)” (Ephesians 2:5)

The concept of redemption was seen in Leviticus 25:23-27; Ruth 4:4 and in many more passages. The substitutionary sacrifice was best described in Genesis 22:8-14.

Lord Jesus became sweet-smelling aroma before the Father, by offering Himself as sacrifice on the cross by laying down his life as substitution on behalf of us to buy back us from the penalty of death, by paying not silver or gold, but by paying His precious blood. We were lost and dead in trespasses once, but He redeemed us from the bondage of sin to give us eternal life. It was the only way available to redeem us from eternal punishment.

The children of God are exhorted to show love towards not only one to another but even to enemies. It was the love similar to that the Lord showed towards those who killed Him on the cross that He wants believers to show.

Stephen, who was human, just as we are, showed such love, when he was stoned to death. His assertion when he was breathing his last was similar to the assertion of Jesus who said “Father forgive them for they do not know what they do”

“…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…”

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32)

A sinner can become child of God by confessing his/her sins to Jesus and by accepting Him as personal savior.

It is not fitting for the children of God to resort to fornication, or any uncleanness or covetousness, filthiness, foolish talking, coarse jesting as they all belong to the sons of disobedience and they face God’s wrath. The point of focus here was on ‘foolish talking’, and ‘coarse jesting’ which are in essence the turning every conversation into joking, and ending up in talks about sexual matters.

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16)

Bible asks us to thank “God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” for the goodness He has shown to us, and the loving relationship of Christ with the church.

It pleased the Father to bruise His one and only Son on the cross to redeem us from the bondage of sin that by confessing by mouth that Jesus is Lord and God raised Him from the dead one can have everlasting life and be conformed to the image of Jesus when He comes in the clouds.

“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand” (Isaiah 53:10)

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10)

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