"But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober," (I Thessalonians 5:4--6).
* In the context of the prophetic Day of the Lord, Paul exhorts believers to be prepared for Christ's coming. Unlike non-Christians, who are in spiritual darkness about the Lord Jesus' return, we who are sons of light are convinced of His imminent appearance. And our daily life-style should reflect that conviction.
* In this passage Paul teaches that the Day of the Lord, which begins with Christ's return, will separate the sons of light from the children of darkness. The unbeliever will be caught completely off guard when the Lord Jesus comes again. But, as sons of light, our conviction of His soon return should result in disciplined vigilance.
* In these verses, the apostle Paul uses the imminent and certain return of the Lord Jesus as the basis for his exhortation to live spiritually alert and disciplined lives. As sons of light, who are convinced of His imminent return, our life-styles should be evidently different from those who live in the darkness of unbelief. We must shun the temptation to spiritual laziness, lest we be ashamed at His appearing.