Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.
I. THE STATE WE ARE HERE SUPPOSED TO BE IN BY NATURE.
1. A state of sleep. This implies —
(3) Security, carelessness, unconcern.
(4) Indolence and sloth.
II. THE EXHORTATION GIVEN TO SUCH. God calls thee by His Word; by His ministers, whom He raises up, qualifies, and sends forth, chiefly for this end; by His providence, affliction, health, adversity, prosperity, the sickness or death of friends and relations; by His Spirit, which enlightens thy mind, awakens and informs thy conscience.
III. THE GRACIOUS PROMISE MADE TO THOSE WHO TAKE THE EXHORTATION. "Christ shall give thee" —
1. The light of knowledge as to Divine things.
2. The light of comfort and happiness.
3. The light of life.
(I. Barrow, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.