Children of the Day

In verse five, believers are called children of the light and children of the day. The word children could also be correctly translated as sons, confirming the privileged status of all who put their trust in Jesus Christ.  To be called a son of  someone or something, in Hebrew, was to identify a person with whatever controlled him. So, you have  James and John, the sons of Zebedee, labeled The Sons of Thunder in Mark 3;17. A quick study of these two brothers would seem to indicate the nickname was appropriate because they were quick to speak, quick to defend Jesus,  and were perhaps of a stormy temperament.  Similarly, the term son of perdition applied to Judas Iscariot in John 17:12 and to the Anti-Christ in II Thess. 2:3 is descriptive of a man who is governed by greed, power, and Satan himself. 

In both Galatians and Ephesians, Paul teaches that it is what we are filled with that governs our thoughts and behaviors.  If we are filled with the lusts of the flesh, the result will be a life governed by self and sin.  If, on the other hand, we are filled with the Holy Spirit, our lives will be characterized by the fruit of the Spirit.  Perhaps we could even hope to have someone say, “She is a daughter of God; He is a child of God.” I love the Spanish phrase, mujer de Dios, woman of God. (Please forgive me if I’ve misspelled any of that.  It’s been a long time since I had Spanish in high school!)  

If we are children of the Light, children of the day, then we should be so close to Him that we are governed by and known by our Christ-likeness. 

  1. Oh! to be like Thee, blessed Redeemer,
    This is my constant longing and prayer;
    Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,
    Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.
    • Refrain:
      Oh! to be like Thee, oh! to be like Thee,
      Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
      Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
      Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.
  2. Oh! to be like Thee, full of compassion,
    Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
    Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
    Seeking the wand’ring sinner to find.
  3. Oh! to be like Thee, lowly in spirit,
    Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
    Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
    Willing to suffer, others to save.
  4. Oh! to be like Thee, Lord, I am coming,
    Now to receive th’ anointing divine;
    All that I am and have I am bringing,
    Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine.
  5. Oh! to be like Thee, while I am pleading,
    Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love,
    Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
    Fit me for life and Heaven above.                     (Chisolm and Kirkpatrick)

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