Watch and Keep Clothed

Revelation 16:15   (KJV)   15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Revelation 16.15 - Watchful and ClothedJesus’ return is unannounced; it’s imminent; no one knows the day or the hour. This truth is so emphatic in the Scriptures. Not even the angels in heaven or the Son know when. We won’t discuss the “three Persons in one God” at this time.

The appropriate response to the imminence of our precious Lord Jesus’ return isn’t negligence or lack of attention. When He said it’s not for us to know the times and the seasons which our heavenly Father chose to keep for Himself, He wasn’t telling us not to be uninterested towards the truth of the 2nd coming. The converse is true; He wants us to be watchful, to be always ready for His return.

This is one of the reasons we don’t walk uncovered. We continue to live day by day clothed with Jesus and His righteousness. We don’t ever want to find ourselves in the shameful state of having our sins and guilt laid bare—totally exposed before the presence of our Holy God. Is it even possible for a child of God to be found “naked” and shamed? As unpopular as the answer may be, the passage seems to tell us so.

This same passage doesn’t tell us to debate about all the differing interpretations regarding His return. It clearly tells us the blessedness of those who watch and who keep their garments. That’s our part; that’s our focus; that’s what we restfully and joyfully strive for. And undeniably, as much as we know that we have loved ones and friends who may be left behind, we really get excited and thrilled about our Lord’s return.

Divine Revelations

Acts 14:17   (KJV)   17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

God always had ways of revealing Himself to us. All good and perfect gifts come from Him. All the love, mercy, grace, patience and every act of kindness and goodness we experienced acts-14-17-divine-revelationsfrom Him—all these are evidences of His reality—although many people aren’t aware of this. Others don’t make the connection between the wonders of creation and the existence of the Creator. Even the essentials of life: air, sunshine, rain, food, water, love, joy, peace—we enjoy all these things freely; they come from somewhere. To this, we add His miraculous interventions that make His presence, love, and power undeniable.

God is perfect in His ways; He never makes mistakes; He knows all things; He knows how to handle every situation; He is in control of all situations. Not us. The way we react is crazy. Some are wise; some aren’t. Some are considered wise by the world but are foolish before God. Believers are blessed beyond measure. The Lord has removed the scales from our eyes. But we started with a humble position of admission of our follies, our sins, our wrong choices, and our desperate need of Him.

From that lowly position, God raised us up and planted our feet in the King’s highway. We see wonders everywhere. He moves in us powerfully to shine His light—His love and power to everyone lost, blind, and dying. He moves in us to show others a more specific and clearer witness. We saw this; that’s why we who were going our own ways despite His powerful revelations finally awakened and recognized: God has been loving, calling, and wooing us.

Good News for All

Acts 8:13   (KJV)   13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

Simon was a sorcerer acknowledged by the people as someone great. But even this great man was captivated by the manifested or visible power of God. He believed; He got baptized. No one is beyond the reach of the Gospel. Leaders and followers, rich and poor, acts-8-13-gospel-for-allyoung and old, man and woman—people from different walks of life, spheres of existence, and status in society have been and are being saved through the Gospel. God woos them; He shows He’s real, He cares, He’s present, and He’s powerful through miraculous signs and wonders.

God’s love reaches all. Not all are saved, but all are loved, and He desires all of humanity to be saved and come to repentance. From the very first fall of the very first human beings, until now, our just yet absolutely loving God has continually and persistently reached out to us—rebellious humanity. Through the repeated cycles of sin, repentance, and restoration, our gracious and merciful Creator repeatedly and willingly corrected, disciplined, judged, forgave, and restored.

We’re never without a chance. There’s none of us exempt from His love and His salvation. We walk with confident knowledge and assurance that we’re loved. As an apt and natural response, we love Him too, and we desire to grow more passionately in love with Him. We also naturally love everyone; we don’t discriminate; the Lord never does; we ought not to. In love, we sow the seed of the Good News. Though not all soils or good, we get know which is which after we’ve sown the seed.