1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
In verse 2, when "day of the Lord" is first mentioned in this passage a present tense verb is used with it, "the day of the Lord will come." The present tense underlines Paul's insistence that we don't know when this day will come. It could be this afternoon. It could be next year. It could be a thousand years from now. Not knowing when the judgment will come, we have to "keep awake," always practicing the faith, knowing that the judgment might even happen this afternoon. I like the image Paul uses in verse 8,
"Let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation."
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