The warning. Remember, and keep and repent. Recall what you have learned in doctrine. Remember that your life is determined around
your attitude toward God and Bible doctrine.
If you are positive then there is great spiritual growth potential for
you resulting in a great life on this earth and an even greater life awaiting
you in eternity.If you go negative,
don’t care, begin to think that this Bible stuff is not that big a deal, then
the shock will come to you, too late most likely.
Christ will come as a thief,
and you will not know what hit you. Many
think that this is a rapture passage, and of course when the rapture occurs we
will not be surprised at that instant.
Christ will descend into the clouds (He does not come down to touch the
ground), and with a shout, a blast of the trumpet, all will rise. The dead in Christ first, then we who are
alive will arise into the clouds and so forth.
But in this passage there is a surprise. A thief comes and goes. A thief comes and takes what you have and you
discover it later. This is discipline
for being negative. Before you know it
the roof comes down around your ears and you are in a world of hurt. Wickedness sown, harvests wickedness many
Christ can come with judgment on you in many
forms. In most forms you remain alive
and have an opportunity to recover and get back with your Bible study
program. In some cases, if your time is
up, then death overtakes you and there is no opportunity to recover. Your suffering and misery will be finished on
this earth, but you will have lost your opportunity to advance in your
spiritual life and be qualified for those additional rewards in heaven in eternity.
Waking up, is getting back to the study of truth
and restarting your spiritual life. The
people of the Sardis church have gone negative.
They got away from their daily studies, and they got away from their
Christian heritage and principles.
Their daily spiritual life had closed down and they
were on the verge of losing all of their spiritual rewards, that they once had
So, John uses these expressions to get back on
track, to wake up, become alert again, in your spiritual life as you once were.
Otherwise, when does a thief come? At a time when you least expect it. If the thief always came when you expected
it, he would be caught every time. But good thieves, come when you do not expect it, when you are
unaware, when you are not prepared.
And for those who ignore their spiritual growth,
they risk being unprepared, when Christ calls them home. That could be in death or in the
Rapture. Whichever it is,
is irrelevant. If you are unprepared and
caught off guard, then you lose it all, all of your extra future blessings that
you could have had, if only you were more conscientious about growing up in
your spiritual life by means of a daily study.
None of us know when God will call us home,
therefore, we are to make certain that we study daily and learn and grow up, so
that when that day comes, we will be prepared and we will confidently secure in
our future reward, as Christ has promised.
So long as you are alive here on this earth, you
always have the opportunity to continue or recover your spiritual advance. It is only after you leave this world that
recovery is no longer available.