Acts 8:35…”Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.” Philip came upon an Ethiopian eunuch on the road from Jerusalem to Gaza. The man was reading a passage from the Old Testament, Isaiah 53:7-8. He didn’t understand what he was reading, and Philip explained it to him, starting with the gospel. Prior to Christ’s earthly ministry, believers all put their faith in Him for salvation, even though they did not have the full revelation that we have today. An example of this is found in Hebrews 11:26 regarding Moses; “He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” If the Old Testaments saints believed even though Christ had not been fully revealed to them, we have all the more reason to have a robust faith. We all have the full canon of scripture, and can look back at what Christ has already done for us. Also, we know that His return is certain, and it could be today.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.