Grace Protestant Reformed Church

Walk Honestly as in the Day

Date: AM (New Year's Day)
Text: Romans 13:13,14
Psalters: 127, 22, 211, 274
  1. We walk.
    1. “Walk” is to make one's way, to progress; to make due use of opportunities; to regulate one's life; to conduct one's self.
    2. Having been graciously justified in Jesus, God continues to work, renewing us, so we are enabled to strive after sanctification of life.
  2. The constant presence of our old man requires that we constantly be admonished what not to do.
    1. “Not in rioting and drunkenness.”
    2. “Not in chambering and wantonness.”
    3. “Not in strife and envying.” (Note that these evils are of the same lifestyle as the worst sexual activity and drunkenness.)
    4. Therefore, let us “make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”
  3. After many “don’ts” Paul shows that the way to overcome evil is by means of good: “let us put on…”
    1. “Honestly” is decently, becomingly, properly, appropriate to the fact that we are of the day.
      1. It would be dishonest for one who professes to be of the day to walk as in the night.
      2. Honesty means that we live our lives as those who belong to the day.
    2. An honest walk in the day is to “put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ.”
      1. It means that those who have been justified by grace through faith alone are to continue to put it into practice (Gal. 3:27).
      2. It means that we follow His steps and imitate the example He left (Eph. 5:1,2; I Peter 2:21).
      3. It means that we live out of Him, drawing all our sustenance from Him, partaking of Him, absorbing the truth about Him.
      4. Experiencing God’s transforming grace we are able to speak as He spoke, think as He thought, will as He willed
      5. It means that we rely on Him, always conscious of our weakness and need for His strength to fight sin and Satan.