WHAT TIME IS IT?-J C Ryle
“The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.” Romans 13:12
Reader, you and I are in a world which is rapidly rolling on towards the day of judgment. There is an hour before us all when the earth and its works shall be burned up, and the inhabitants thereof shall all stand before the bar of Christ. There is a day to come whose issues are of greatest importance. Surely it befits us to think of that day. Are we ready for it? Is it possible that we may live to see it? Is it near, or is it far off? What time is it?
Come with me this day and consider the thoughts of an inspired Apostle on this solemn subject. He says, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on us the armour of light.” These words ought to come home to our consciences like the blast of a trumpet. They ought to rouse our sleeping minds to a sense of the eternal realities which are before us. They call upon us to lay aside all trifling, lingering, and carelessness about our Christianity. They summon us to a close walk with God.
There are four things brought before my mind by the words just quoted:
1. You have here the present condition of the world. It is night.
2. You have the condition of the world which is yet to come. It will be day.
3. You have the particular time in which our lot is cast. The night is far spent, and the day is at hand.
4. You have the duty of all believers who know the time. They ought to cast off the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light.
Upon each of these four points I have something to say.