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Rev 3:14  And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Rev 3:15  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

Rev 3:16  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Rev 3:17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Rev 3:18  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Rev 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Rev 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Rev 3:21  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Rev 3:22  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Now next to Sardis which is in my humble opinion the saddest letter written this is the scariest letter written.  It ties in with the parable of the virgins of whom the bridegroom said I know you not, when they tried to get in after the doors were closed.

They are neither hot or cold but lukewarm.  In that region there was an aquaduct system which delivered mineral water, hot mineral water from the springs nearby and a system which delivered ice cold mountain water from the run-off in the mountains.  Both systems had their uses and they benefitted everyone around but there was a third system which was what we might call a gray water system for the refuse or the sewage and that was the spill off of the hot and cold into a lukewarm catch all.  To be considered lukewarm then was to be considered as defiled.  We know that a Holy God does not do… defiled.  This is the church that from outward appearances had it all but was deceived.  Once again He tells them He knows their “works”.  We need to realize that in a very real way this whole series of letters is showing us the judgment or Bema seat of the Believers wherein He who rewards everyone according to their deeds or works is giving clues as to what He is looking for and the reward they will receive who produce that work.

Rev 3:17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Now this however is another problem.  It is bad enough that they are neither hot or cold in their “hearts” which is seen in their “works” but they have come to believe themselves spiritually well off when they are not.  They are perhaps one of the more prosperous churches and perhaps have come to the same error that is being increasingly seen in American Churches today, prosperity being the measure of the favor or blessing and thus the approval and pleasure of God.  Unfortunately this is not exactly Scriptural is it?  But here again we will find that the Lord of the Church the Head of the Body pities us.  They believe themselves to be well off rich, prosperous, and perhaps “blessed” and NEEDING NOTHING, which right there is Presumptuous.  For while yes we need that no one should have to teach us for the Holy Spirit the Spirit of Truth who leads into all truth does TEACH US, we most certainly need His saving and preserving and purifying graces to cause us to be able to inherit that for which the Spirit Himself has sealed us.  Moreover they are blissfully unaware that they are not as they perceive themselves but rather wretched and miserable or outside of Grace. Moreover they are impoverished for what will it help you to have gained the whole world and lost your soul.  In that those committed to His hand are not lost, still they may have worldly goods and nigh unto nothing of true spiritual grace. They are blind.  Blindness of spirit and soul means they are perhaps not walking in the Love of the Father or keeping the Word of His patience.  They are missing however something very important.  They are naked and naked is NOT the state of the Believer.  Every believer is robed in the Righteousness of Christ.  It is that which is under the Armor and the Armor which is Christ is also missing.  Basically to read this one has to wonder if these people are even saved.  But the Grace of God comes and with it, sound counsel.

Rev 3:18  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Rev 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Rev 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Now lets look at these items.  Gold tried in the fire is …. Faith.   They were not doing things from the Faith of the Son of God.  Next is the White raiment, the robe of righteousness which is receiving the grace of salvation and then eye-salve or the Holy Spirit to open their eyes to The Truth.  Whom He loves He chastens, and here is that grace of a Father speaking to a son.  He instructs them to REPENT.  He tells them He is there knocking and this goes all the way back to Song of Solomon when the bridegroom stood without … knocking.  This is oddly enough a portrait of the Bride ensconced in her house self deceived into believing all is well between them and He comes knocking after she has gone to retire for the night.   Point, she should have been awaiting Him in her “night”.  The Supping is the Communion of the Lord and the Believer.  We partake of Christ and are transformed into the image of The Son.

Now to those who do repent and overcome this deplorable condition… Rev 3:21  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne…  We are said to be seated in heavenly places in Christ already but it is being overcome by the cares and things of the world which causes us to lose that place.  But those who repent and “buy” from God these things will indeed be truly seated in Christ.

We see Jesus as the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God…

Being the Amen or final word on all subjects we understand and being the true witness or martyr in the Cross we understand but being the Beginning of the Creation of God is telling is that He is the Word, The Creator God.

He is the finality and Maker of Creation itself and to be rejected by Him is to face the Judge and be forever removed from the Mercy of God the Father Son and Holy Spirit for all eternity.

Now these are the things that the overcomer must face.  In the next line of Revelation twenty one we find those things that do NOT inherit and look at what is among them. Fearful, Unbelieving and Liars…  Liars we may understand but how often have we failed to take courage and believe?

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