Free Methodist Magazine
1 Thessalonians 5:5
You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
We may learn a lesson on this subject from an article in common use — our coals. Long, long ages ago our earth was filled with immense forests of fern trees. It was sunlight that made them grow. Sunlight was bottled up in those ferns. After a while those ferns became our coal beds, and coals are really bottled up sunlight. We put the coals inside the grate, we apply a match, we release the bottled up sunlight, and the light and heat previously latent in the coals warm and cheer us during the dark, cold days of winter. These coals may be described as "children of light." The light so played upon them thousand of ages ago that it got into their very nature, so that they only require a little stimulus to pour forth floods of radiance and warmth. And if we believe and walk in God's light when it visits us, we shall become "children of light;" the light will get into our inmost natures, so "that we shall become fountains of light."
(Free Methodist Magazine.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.