Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.
1. These words plainly suppose the person to whom they are addressed, to be in a state of darkness. For "they who sleep," as the apostle elsewhere observeth, "sleep in the night." "He that followeth not Christ walketh in darkness," because the light of life shineth no longer upon his tabernacle.
2. The text plainly intimates to us that the sinner, or man of the world, to whom it addresses itself as to one sleeping, is in a state of insensibility. For no sooner has sleep taken possession of anyone, but forthwith all the senses are locked up, and he neither seeth, heareth, smelleth, tasteth, or feeleth anything. Present the most finished and beautiful picture before the eyes of a person asleep; he sees no more of it than if it was not there.
3. It appears from the text before us, that the world is in a state of delusion; for such is the state of them that sleep. And to what can the life of many a man be so fitly compared, as to a dream? "Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." And first, the sincere penitent, who really and truly turns from sin to righteousness, and from the world to Christ, passes from darkness to light. Secondly, the sinner, by repentance, is brought out of a state of insensibility into one of sensibility. Thirdly, the penitent is translated from a state of delusion to a sound judgment and right apprehension of things, from shadows to realities: even as one awaketh from the romantic scenery of a dream, to behold all things as they really are, and to do his duty in that station in which God has placed him.
Parallel VersesKJV: Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
WEB: Therefore he says, "Awake, you who sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."