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"14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. 19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me." - Rev 3:14-20
- Well if I look at the heading of the piece, then it was written to a church.
- Now when I last looked, it’s Christians who are part of the church. (smile)
- So Christians are saved and will go to heaven.
- God has already forgiven their sins and they have received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
- They have already been saved, they do not have to open the door of their heart to be saved again because Jesus is already in their heart because they have the indwelling Holy Spirit.
- So Jesus says He knows our deeds, it tells me that it is important to Jesus what deeds we do for Him (verse 15)
- So at one time they had been warm for Jesus because they had become a Christian before and lived fully for Jesus.
- But now they have become lukewarm, some people will say they backslid.
- I assume someone who is lukewarm; that his attention became divided and he began to love the worldly ways / sins again. If I can think of an example; then it’s probably like a married man or woman getting unfaithful to their spouse and sleeping around. They are not 100% happy with what God has given them. After all, it is God who brings us together in marriage. (Mark 10:9)
- God further says that the consequences of your lukewarm relationship with him will lead him to spit you out of His mouth. Back to our example; I assume that the man or woman is going to find out about your affair and then kick you out of the house. (verse 16)
- I think your opinion, “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’” an attitude of arrogance is not going to count in your favour in the end because you are not going to judge yourself, but God is going to.
- So why is God’s opinion, “But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.“, going to count and that’s why he wrote the passage for us in the Bible.
- What you are actually saying is that God should be happy with the fact that you have now taken a concubine for yourself and no longer love him 100%, but only say 50%. If your job only pays you 50% of your salary, are going to be happy; I do not believe so. (verse 17)
- Why do you chastise your children, because you love them and you know that their deeds do not hold a good future in place for them. I think it is the same with God, He loves us very much and therefore we must repent.
- You will not discipline some strangers’ children, people will think you are crazy. Another proof that this was written for Christians and not for Christians. God already sees you as His child. A NON-CHRISTIAN is not yet a child of God, he still belongs to the devil.
- After all, it is the lukewarm Christians who live in sin.
- So when we go back to our sins then it seems to me we are kicking God out of the house.
- For He stands at the door and knocks to enter.
- Absolutely NOT.
- Doing so distorts the scripture to satisfy an 1830 tradition that someone has devised for his own gain, definitely not for God’s gain.
- If you think so, you are definitely not going to Heaven and not doing God’s will. Then you will be like those guys who will try to enter saying “Lord, Lord’s” but not enter the kingdom of God. (Mat 7:21-23)
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