Children of Light

But you, brothers, are not in the dark, for this day to overtake you like a thief. For you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or the darkness.

1 Thessalonians 5:4-5

What is written in 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 is something that every Christian should have in mind. In its context, this biblical passage is part of what Paul explains to the church in Thessalonica regarding the second coming of the Lord. But that applies to all of us who believe in Christ. We are children of light, not children of darkness and we must walk through this world according to what we are. Also, it is extremely important to be prepared for when our Lord comes. We are in the world, but we cannot live as the world wants.

We are not in darkness because we have believed in Jesus Christ and we have Him, the light of the world. John 8:12 says, Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” And it confirms it in John 12:46, I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness. Having already Christ, believing in Him, following Him, we have left behind sin, we have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness and now we are part of the Kingdom of Light.

Having accepted Jesus Christ in our hearts, we have also come out of darkness because our eyes have been opened and now we have the knowledge of the truth that has set us free. In 2 Corinthians 4:6 we read, For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. Now we know where we have taken God and where he has led us.

As soon as the coming of the Lord does not surprise us, 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 is confirmed by what Romans 13:12 says, The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. That day is closer and closer, the children of light must walk in the light and be prepared, discarding that world of darkness in which we live before and now only focus on satisfying the will of the one who saved us from eternal punishment.

Therefore, let us do what Ephesians 5:8-13 says, which is explained only, For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.

Let us act as what we are, as children of light. We do not have to follow the current of a world lost and enslaved by the tyranny of the evil one. Let us raise our heads and use the weapons of light, the two-edged sword that is the Word of God. Let us always remember who we are, as 1 Peter 2:9 says, But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Let us not be afraid of rejection for bringing the word of light and calling it to things as the Bible says. We have the support of our Father. God bless you.

Hijos de Luz

Mas vosotros, hermanos, no estáis en tinieblas, para que aquel día os sorprenda como ladrón. Porque todos vosotros sois hijos de luz e hijos del día; no somos de la noche ni de las tinieblas.

1 Tesalonicenses 5:4-5

Lo que está escrito en 1 Tesalonicenses 5:4-5 es algo que debe tener presente todo cristiano. En su contexto, este pasaje bíblico es parte de lo que Pablo explica a la iglesia en Tesalónica con respecto a la segunda venida del Señor. Pero eso nos aplica a todos los que creemos en Cristo. Somos hijos de luz, no hijos de las tinieblas y debemos de caminar por este mundo conforme a lo que somos. Además, es sumamente importante estar preparados para cuando llegue nuestro Señor. Estamos en el mundo, pero no podemos vivir como el mundo quiera.

No estamos en tinieblas porque hemos creído en Jesucristo y lo tenemos a Él, la luz del mundo. Juan 8:12 dice: Otra vez Jesús les habló, diciendo: Yo soy la luz del mundo; el que me sigue, no andará en tinieblas, sino que tendrá la luz de la vida. Y lo confirma en Juan 12:46: Yo, la luz, he venido al mundo, para que todo aquel que cree en mí no permanezca en tinieblas. Teniendo ya a Cristo, creyendo en Él, siguiéndole a Él, hemos dejado atrás el pecado, hemos sido liberados del reino de las tinieblas y ahora somos parte del Reino de la luz.

Habiendo aceptado a Jesucristo en nuestro corazón, también hemos salido de las tinieblas porque nuestros ojos han sido abiertos y ahora tenemos el conocimiento de la verdad que nos ha hecho libres. En 2 Corintios 4:6 leemos: Porque Dios, que mandó que de las tinieblas resplandeciese la luz, es el que resplandeció en nuestros corazones, para iluminación del conocimiento de la gloria de Dios en la faz de Jesucristo. Ahora sabemos de dónde nos ha sacado Dios y a donde nos ha llevado.

En cuando a que la venida del Señor no nos sorprenda, 1 Tesalonicenses 5:4-5 se confirma por  lo que dice Romanos 13:12: La noche está avanzada, y se acerca el día. Desechemos, pues, las obras de las tinieblas, y vistámonos las armas de la luz. Ese día está cada vez más cercano, los hijos de luz debemos de andar en luz y estar preparados, desechando ese mundo de tinieblas en el cual vivimos antes y ahora solamente enfocarnos en satisfacer la voluntad de quien nos salvó del castigo eterno.

Por lo tanto, hagamos lo que dice Efesios 5:8-13, el cual se explica solo: Porque en otro tiempo erais tinieblas, mas ahora sois luz en el Señor; andad como hijos de luz (porque el fruto del Espíritu es en toda bondad, justicia y verdad), comprobando lo que es agradable al Señor. Y no participéis en las obras infructuosas de las tinieblas, sino más bien reprendedlas; porque vergonzoso es aun hablar de lo que ellos hacen en secreto. Mas todas las cosas, cuando son puestas en evidencia por la luz, son hechas manifiestas; porque la luz es lo que manifiesta todo.

Actuemos como lo que somos, como hijos de luz. No tenemos por qué seguir la corriente de un mundo perdido y esclavizado por la tiranía del maligno. Levantemos nuestras cabezas y usemos las armas de la luz, la espada de dos filos que es la Palabra de Dios. Recordemos siempre quienes somos, como dice 1 Pedro 2:9: Mas vosotros sois linaje escogido, real sacerdocio, nación santa, pueblo adquirido por Dios, para que anunciéis las virtudes de aquel que os llamó de las tinieblas a su luz admirable. No tengamos miedo alguno al rechazo por traer la palabra de luz y llamarle a las cosas como dice la Biblia. Tenemos el respaldo de nuestro Padre. Dios te bendiga.

The Coming of the Lord

But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17

The theme addressed by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 has been the subject of much doctrinal discussion within the Christian church for the last 200 years. Whoever does not search the Word of God or study the history of the church might think that what most Christians believe today about the coming of the Lord was exactly what the early church and Christianity believed for two thousand years. Certainly, for all Christians, the coming of our beloved Lord Jesus Christ should be the most anticipated event of our earthly life.

A large part of the present Christian church firmly believes that before the terrible events that the Bible calls the great tribulation arise, the Lord will come secretly for His church in what many call the rapture. And as the word rapture, as interpreted today does not appear in the Bible, those who justify this event nonetheless call it rapture, in a clear reference to what it says in 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-17: we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them. The question is whether the church always had that belief or not.

Indeed, just as many Catholics mistakenly think that their church has always believed in the pope’s infallibility, Mary’s Immaculate Conception, or her role as co-redemptory, many Christians think that she has always believed in the rapture. However, the principle of this doctrine dates back to the year 1830, when a 15-year-old girl named Margaret McDonald in Port Glasgow, Ireland received a special “revelation” according to which the Second Coming of Christ would take place in two stages; the first to gather a group of “ready and selected” believers who would be taken to heaven to meet the Lord before the appearance of Antichrist, or before the Great Tribulation.

Now, the Bible says nowhere that Jesus Christ will return in two stages. And Paul says in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him: We ask you, brothers, not to be easily upset in mind or troubled, either by a spirit or by a message or by a letter as if from us, alleging that the Day of the Lord has come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. By 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-3 we see that before the coming of the Lord will come apostasy and Antichrist.

Finally, Revelation 1:7 denies the secret coming of Jesus Christ, Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. Let us await His coming, conscious that it will be a victory, whether or not we are part of the beheaded of the great tribulation. God bless you.

La Venida del Señor

Tampoco queremos, hermanos, que ignoréis acerca de los que duermen, para que no os entristezcáis como los otros que no tienen esperanza. Porque si creemos que Jesús murió y resucitó, así también traerá Dios con Jesús a los que durmieron en Él. Por lo cual os decimos esto en palabra del Señor: que nosotros que vivimos, que habremos quedado hasta la venida del Señor, no precederemos a los que durmieron. Porque el Señor mismo con voz de mando, con voz de arcángel, y con trompeta de Dios, descenderá del cielo; y los muertos en Cristo resucitarán primero. Luego nosotros los que vivimos, los que hayamos quedado, seremos arrebatados juntamente con ellos en las nubes para recibir al Señor en el aire, y así estaremos siempre con el Señor.

1 Tesalonicenses 4:13-17

El tema tratado por Pablo en 1 Tesalonicenses 4:13-17 ha sido objeto de muchas discusiones doctrinales dentro de la iglesia cristiana durante los últimos 200 años. Quien no escudriña la Palabra de Dios ni estudia la historia de la iglesia, podría pensar que lo que la mayoría de los cristianos creen hoy día sobre la venida del Señor era exactamente lo que creía la iglesia primitiva y la cristiandad por dos mil años. Ciertamente, para todos los cristianos, la venida de nuestro amado Señor Jesucristo debiera ser el evento más esperado de nuestra vida terrenal.

Una gran parte de la iglesia cristiana actual cree firmemente que, antes de que surjan los eventos terribles, que la Biblia llama la gran tribulación, el Señor vendrá en secreto por Su iglesia, en lo que muchos llaman el rapto. Y como la palabra rapto, tal como se interpreta hoy no aparece en la Biblia, quienes justifican de todos modos este acontecimiento le dicen arrebatamiento, en una clara referencia a lo que dice 1 Tesalonicenses 4:13-17: seremos arrebatados. La pregunta es si la iglesia siempre tuvo esa creencia o no.

En verdad, de la misma manera que muchos católicos piensan erróneamente que su iglesia siempre ha creído en la infalibilidad del papa, la inmaculada concepción de María o su papel de corredentora, muchos cristianos piensan que siempre se ha creído en el rapto. Sin embargo, el principio de esta doctrina data del año 1830, cuando una jovencita de 15 años de nombre Margaret McDonald, en Port Glasgow, Irlanda, recibió una “revelación” especial según la cual la Segunda Venida de Cristo tendría lugar en dos etapas; la primera para recoger a un grupo de creyentes “preparados y selectos” que serían llevados al cielo para ir al encuentro del Señor antes de la aparición del Anticristo, o sea antes de la Gran Tribulación.

Ahora bien, la Biblia no dice en ninguna parte que Jesucristo volverá en dos etapas. Y Pablo dice en 2 Tesalonicenses 2:1-3: Pero con respecto a la venida de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, y nuestra reunión con Él, os rogamos, hermanos, que no os dejéis mover fácilmente de vuestro modo de pensar, ni os conturbéis, ni por espíritu, ni por palabra, ni por carta como si fuera nuestra, en el sentido de que el día del Señor está cerca. Nadie os engañe en ninguna manera; porque no vendrá sin que antes venga la apostasía, y se manifieste el hombre de pecado, el hijo de perdición. Por 2 Tesalonicenses 2:1-3 vemos que antes de la venida del Señor vendrán la apostasía y el Anticristo.

Finalmente, Apocalipsis 1:7 desmiente la venida en secreto de Jesucristo: He aquí que viene con las nubes, y todo ojo le verá, y los que le traspasaron; y todos los linajes de la tierra harán lamentación por Él. Sí, amén. Esperemos su venida, consciente de que será de victoria, seamos o no parte de los decapitados de la gran tribulación. Dios te bendiga.

The Reward of Inheritance

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24

Do not expect all our rewards to serve Christ receive them in this world. Anyone who does, does not really understand the meaning of the words of Jesus when he said that His Kingdom is not of this world. And even though in this life we ​​receive blows to serve the Lord, that does not give us the right to be frustrated or to decline our enthusiasm for serving Him. The reward of the inheritance is guaranteed and, without a doubt, we will receive it.

Through the Bible we know the story of Abraham, whom God commanded to leave the land of his father with the promise of giving him another land, which would be the inheritance for his descendants. The book of Genesis tells the whole story of Abraham; but Hebrews 11:8-10 gives a summary of it, By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Let’s look at the parallel that exists between Abraham’s life and what Colossians 3:23-24 says. First is that Abraham acted as it says at the beginning Colossians 3:23-24: And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. Abraham left Ur from the Chaldeans, in what is now Iraq, to ​​the land of Canaan, which God promised to give. Abraham was an old man when he received the call of God, he had no children; but he did not take any of this into account to obey the call he had received.

Certainly Abraham left without knowing where he was going, in his time, there were no mobility facilities that exist today. Therefore, he was on his way to a land he had never trod, a land from which he had no map. Abraham did not have Google to do a search and find out the details of the land where he was going. Neither did he have a GPS or a compass to avoid getting lost on the road, he only trusted the God who had ordered him to leave the land of his father and his kin and obeyed with all his heart.

Already in the Promised Land, Abraham lived as a foreigner, and already in the twilight of his life and that of his wife was born the son of promise. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son and he obeyed with all his heart. Seeing Abraham’s faithfulness, God not only prevented the death of Isaac, but made him the promise outlined in Genesis 22:16-17, and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son, blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.”

For those born from the second half of the twentieth century to today, Genesis 22:16-17 is the best demonstration of God’s faithfulness and the truthfulness of the Bible. We have seen that the descendants of Abraham have possessed the gates of their enemies. That is our greatest guarantee that we, who serve Christ, will also receive the reward of the inheritance in the same way that Abraham and the people of Israel received it. God bless you.

La Recompensa de la Herencia

Y todo lo que hagáis, hacedlo de corazón, como para el Señor y no para los hombres; sabiendo que del Señor recibiréis la recompensa de la herencia, porque a Cristo el Señor servís.

Colosenses 3:23-24

No esperemos que todas nuestras recompensas por servir a Cristo las recibiremos en este mundo. Quien así piense, realmente no ha entendido el significado de las palabras de Jesús cuando dijo que Su Reino no es de este mundo. Y aunque en esta vida recibamos golpes por servir al Señor, eso no nos da derecho a sentirnos frustrados o que decaiga nuestro entusiasmo por servirle a Él. La recompensa de la herencia está garantizada y, sin lugar a dudas, la recibiremos.

Por la Biblia conocemos la historia de Abraham, a quien Dios ordenó salir de la tierra de su padre con la promesa de darle otra tierra, la cual sería la herencia para sus descendientes. El libro de Génesis narra toda la historia de Abraham; pero Hebreos 11:8-10 nos da un resumen de la misma: Por la fe Abraham, siendo llamado, obedeció para salir al lugar que había de recibir como herencia; y salió sin saber a dónde iba. Por la fe habitó como extranjero en la tierra prometida como en tierra ajena, morando en tiendas con Isaac y Jacob, coherederos de la misma promesa; porque esperaba la ciudad que tiene fundamentos, cuyo arquitecto y constructor es Dios.

Vamos a ver el paralelo que existe entre la vida de Abraham y lo que dice Colosenses 3:23-24. Primero es, que Abraham actúo como dice al principio Colosenses 3:23-24: Y todo lo que hagáis, hacedlo de corazón, como para el Señor y no para los hombres. Abraham salió de Ur de los caldeos, en lo que hoy es Iraq, hacia la tierra de Canaán, la cual Dios le prometió dar. Abraham ya era un hombre viejo cuando recibió el llamado de Dios, no tenía hijos; pero no tomó en cuenta nada de eso para obedecer el llamado que había recibido.

Ciertamente que Abraham salió sin saber a dónde iba, en su tiempo, no existían las facilidades de movilidad que existen hoy. Por lo tanto, él iba rumbo a una tierra que jamás había pisado, una tierra de la cual no tenía un mapa. Abraham no tenía Google para hacer una búsqueda y averiguar los detalles de la tierra hacia donde iba. Tampoco disponía de un GPS o una brújula para no perderse en el camino, él solo confió en el Dios que le había ordenado salir de la tierra de su padre y su parentela y lo obedeció de todo corazón.

Ya en la tierra prometida, Abraham habitó como extranjero, y ya en el ocaso de su vida y la de su esposa fue que nació el hijo de la promesa. Dios le pidió a Abraham que le sacrificara su único hijo y él obedeció de todo corazón. Al ver la fidelidad de Abraham, Dios no solo impidió la muerte de Isaac, sino que le hizo la promesa que reseña Génesis 22:16-17: Por mí mismo he jurado, dice Jehová, que por cuanto has hecho esto, y no me has rehusado tu hijo, tu único hijo; de cierto te bendeciré, y multiplicaré tu descendencia como las estrellas del cielo y como la arena que está a la orilla del mar; y tu descendencia poseerá las puertas de sus enemigos.

Para los que nacimos desde la segunda mitad del siglo XX hasta hoy, Génesis 22:16-17 es la mejor demostración de la fidelidad de Dios y la veracidad de la Biblia. Hemos sido testigos de que la descendencia de Abraham ha poseído las puertas de sus enemigos. Esa es nuestra mayor garantía de que también nosotros, los que servimos a Cristo, recibiremos la recompensa de la herencia de la misma manera que la recibieron Abraham y el pueblo de Israel. Dios te bendiga.

Manifesting the Glory with Christ

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Colossians 3:3-4

Understanding the essence of being a Christian is no easy task when we use the mentality of the world. Trying to interpret our relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ through human emotions does not help us to understand it either. It is necessary to put the spiritual senses in order to perceive the meaning of receiving Christ. Being born again gives us a completely different nature from that of the old man and the glory of Christ, in its fullness, will be manifested in us when He returns.

The earnest longing of those who love Christ is to see him return to the earth full of glory. The Lord himself announced His return in Matthew 16:27, For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. And He described it in more detail in Mark 13:26-27, Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.

We see from Mark 13:27 that believers, the elect of Christ, will partake of the glorious coming of our Lord. He will send His angels to gather all who have believed in Him. That gives us a great hope that we will be a part of His glory. And that glory implies a transformation, as 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 says, Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Revelation 19:11-16 describes in detail the glorious coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Also Revelation 20:4 says what will happen to the Lord’s return with those who have remained faithful to Jesus Christ, even at the cost of his own life, And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

Returning to the beginning of this message, we cannot interpret our participation in the glory of Christ only in terms of what humans call success. In the process of following Christ, we can even lose our lives, be persecuted and troubled; But if we persevere, there awaits a throne next to Him, a reward, a crown and to be partakers of His glory. God bless you.