Salvation Has Come

The night is far gone,
those moments that filled our hours,
faded, our drunken waste that bound our feet.

We must wake, wake, the herald has cried,
flee, fire, foes!      Salvation has come.
It is near, near, within our souls

No twilight ‘ere the morn
has beset us in riddles and fear.
No, we have seen the sun rise o’er the hills.

The day is at hand,
this time ne’er to fade again,
tho a battle crests and falls round us.

There shall be no return,
so we gird our flesh and bones
in this armor of adamant light.

And heralds we become as well
flee, fire, foes!      Salvation has come.
We turn from the curse

and revel in the day,
free, free from death’s bonds.
We wait our Master’s pleasure.

Men, seek no taste of our foul days.
Salvation is nearer now to us
than at its first bright peals.

______________________________________________________

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. — Romans 13:11-12

The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.

Mark 13:37 “What I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!'”

1 Corinthians 7:29 But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none;

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

1 Corinthians 15:34 Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

Ephesians 5:14 For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.

James 5:8 You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.

1 Peter 4:7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,

1 John 2:18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.

Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.

Revelation 22:10 And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

1 Corinthians 7:29 But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none;

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

2 Corinthians 6:7 in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left,

2 Corinthians 10:4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

Ephesians 5:11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

Ephesians 6:13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

1 Thessalonians 5:8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.

Hebrews 10:25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

James 5:8 You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.

1 Peter 4:7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,

1 John 2:8 On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining.

1 John 2:18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.

Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.

Revelation 22:10 And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.

About these ads

9 responses to “Salvation Has Come

  • Tidwell Brad & Denise

    This is great! I just listened to John Piper’s sermon on Hebrew 6:4-8 and he warns those who say, “I’ll turn to God later, when I’m old. I’m having too much fun now.” So many verses of warning. They are good to heed.

    • Pooka

      Thanks! I saw it for a beautiful, poetic work when Pastor referenced it yesterday, and couldn’t get past it for the rest of the day. Until I’d worked it out on paper, that is, and there you have it. It should be very moving, to realize that our time is now, not later and that God has made all these things – brought about the daylight and that we are walking in it. Sometimes we try to re-wrap ourselves with the night, because of our misery or confusion or anger, and this passage in Romans should be a good go-to for us in those dark times.

  • lleweton

    For me increasing age opens up more views of life and being which at first I dimly perceive and scarcely understand. I enjoyed the urgency of your poem Pooka. The texts which inspired it reach me from afar, though; maybe I am reluctant to move nearer. Maybe there are different times for different things. When, as you describe it in your comment above, the darkness wants to take over, my refuge is in the message of the whole of Charlotte Elliott’s hymn ‘Just as I am’, including the words ‘thou wilt receive/Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve/Because thy promise I believe.’ I don’t know whether it’s in your church’s hymn book. I am aware though that it is not a licence to evade any ‘steep and rugged pathways’ – another hymn ‘Father hear the prayer we offer’ (Mrs L.M. Willis).

    • Pooka

      Llew, we do have that hymn in the Trinity Hymnal, though it’s been years since I’ve sung it. It’s one of the popular Finney Finish Baptist songs, so is very familiar to me. Lovely to be reminded of it. Thanks for that one!

      There’s an urgency, but I still think there should be a placid or calm sort of movement in the Faith. Our trust should grow to be so sure in the Lord that we are patient and unwilling to react as wild animals to our trials and quandries. Sometimes it must happen, fast, but I suspect that many times, peace, gentleness and truth bear out far greater fruit.

      Which I gather comes with vintage – our age is one of instant everythings, but as we age, we become like the hoary heads of older days, content to sit upon the stoop and await our ends and meets.

  • lleweton

    I like that last paragraph. I hope it’s me.

  • Pooka

    Llew, I have your writing in mind for that paragraph. Based on what I’ve read and talked about with you, I would consider you to be there. Go get a good pint for me next time you’re out.

  • RubeRad

    It’s one of the popular Finney Finish Baptist songs

    I think it’s time to rescue Just as I am from guilt by association with revivalism. If one were to actually read the words, they would never think it means “God loves me, even with my sin”, but rather “It would be ridiculous to try to adorn myself with the filthy rags of my own self-improvement.”

    Just as I am, without one plea / but that Thy blood was shed for me.

    • Pooka

      WHOLE HEARTEDLY AGREED, Rube. We sang it but lost every stitch of the life of the song in the environment and purpose of the singing. Liturgy really does mean something. Like stuffing your dessert so fast that you don’t even taste it.

  • lleweton

    Pooka: sitting on the stoop, watching the world go by. A lovely thought. I’ll certainly think of you when I order a pint of dark-amber, not too cold, hoppy-fragrant, still bitter. Not so often now. The beer’s usually very good in the old village pubs. But they’ve lost their character and also many of their clientele. But that’s another story.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 162 other followers

%d bloggers like this: