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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “I stand at the door, and knock”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 3:20 KJV

(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.

 

 

 

In the context of our verse for this morning, we see that the Lord is offering to individual saved members of the local assembly renewed intimate fellowship with Him.  This can be had if the member willingly accepts His warnings, repents of their sin, welcomes His renewed fellowship, and do what they can to correct the sinful situation in the assembly.

Folks our Lord desires a close relationship with His people.  Stop and think about it.  Gaining and retaining a close relationship with His people is why the Lord saves us, instructs us, warns us, and chastens us.  It is why He so graciously gave us guidelines for living our lives on earth.  It is why He has prepared a place for us to dwell eternally.  These and many other blessings come our way because our Lord desires His people to love and commune with Him.

Sin separates us from God.  Even though God’s people are eternally secure in Christ, with their eternal destiny made sure based upon the work of Christ on the cross, their relationship with their Heavenly Father can be hindered through the commission of sin.  It is much like a disobedient child whose relationship with his parents is hindered while yet retaining his family membership.

This is probably the greatest danger of sin being allowed to dwell in a Christian’s life… it ruptures our communion with our Lord, replacing our peace with guilt, our assurance with doubt, and our familiarity with alienation.  We feel alone, miserable, ashamed and worthless.  This is the result of willful sin dwelling in the life of the Christian.

 

So what is the Christian to do?  The Book of 1 John was written to members of God’s family.  A portion of its text is dedicated to instructing Christians on how to deal with acts of willful disobedience to their Lord…

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
(1 John 1:8-10 KJV)

 

Basically, this text gives us these keys to dealing with sin in our lives…

  1. Recognize the sin – Take the time to honestly examine our lives in the light of God’s Word
  2. Admit the sin – Once we see the sin, we must own it and accept our responsibility for it
  3. Confess the sin – We are to say the same thing about our sin as God says about our sin. We must say that it is what it is, filthy rotten sin that only pollutes us and our relationship with the Lord. We must say it has no place in our life, turn our desires from it and submit ourselves to our Lord by ridding it from our lives through His gracious intervention.

Is the Lord knocking on the door of our heart wanting communion to be renewed?  Do we feel the urging of the Holy Spirit to deal with a sin that resides with us?  Is the chastening hand of the Lord upon us, attempting to persuade us to forsake the sin that we are knowingly harboring?

May we all deal with sin appropriately, realizing that our fellowship with the Lord is at stake!

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Q6

Chastening Is A Mark Of Christ’s Love For Us!

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 3:19 KJV

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

 

For the SIH Devotional On This Subject:

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 3:19 KJV

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

 

Although we have a tendency to forget this…. One of the greatest blessings that a Christian can receive from the Lord is the blessing of His chastisement.  Keep in mind, the chastening hand of the Lord comes upon us to renew a right relationship with Him, to restore our Godly testimony in the eyes of others, and most importantly show us His love.

Folks, the chastening hand of God in the life of the Christian is a wonderful reminder of His great love for us… it is the Lord saying, “I love you so much, I will not allow you to stray far from me;  I will not allow you to harm yourself through the exercise of sinful excesses; I care, and will always care, about your well-being and your relationship with Me.”

 

This is why the Lord specifically gives us instructions on how to most greatly benefit from His chastening hand…

 “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” (Hebrews 12:5-11 KJV)

1.  Do not despise it (hate it)
2.  Do not faint from it (be discouraged and quit)
3.  Recognize it as an indication of His love for us
4.  Recognize it as proof of our genuine membership in His family
5.  Allow it to bring us into subjection to our Father
6.  Recognize it as being for our benefit
7.  Keep our mind on the end result of this chastening… we will bear more spiritual fruit.

 

Do you see the chastening hand of the Lord at work in your life?  May you accept His chastening hand in a Biblical way, allowing it to encourage and strengthen your walk with Christ!

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Q6

Is The Lord Disgusted With His People?

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 3:16 KJV

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

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Se

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “I will spue thee out of my mouth”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 3:16 KJV

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

 

“I will spue thee out of my mouth”.  What a horrible thing to hear our Lord say!   Stop and think about the different implications to that statement:

First of all, the idea of spueing (spitting) out of the mouth implies a dislike for something. It is saying, “I do not like this”.

But it also implies separation.   When we spit something out of our mouth we are separating ourselves from it. It is saying “I need to get this out of my system ASAP”.

But finally, and most importantly, it implies disgust.  Many times, when we spit, it is done out of anger and repusion. It is saying “I loathe this.  I want nothing to do with it.”

It is the Lord saying, although you are one of my own, you are displeasing, and irritating me to the point of disgust.   Although you are still loved and a part of my family, there is now a breach in our relationship and you are to blame.

 

What could possible cause the Lord to react in this way?  In the context, the Lord is speaking to a local assembly about their lukewarm attitude.   However, this same type of attitude can enter the hearts and lives of individual Christians as well.

What does a lukewarm attitude comprise?  It is a “no care” attitude about sin.  It is saying, “I don’t care if sin is in my life and I will not make the effort to examine myself and deal with any sin I may find.”  The Lord put it this way “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 3:17)

It is a child of God saying, “I do not care what my heavenly Father desires for my life”, “I do not care if I am pleasing Him”, “I do not care if I am hurting Him and openly defying Him with my actions”.  “I just do not care!”

 

Do we care about sin in our lives?  If so, we will be diligently examining our lives to see if any sin dwells within us.   And once the examination is finished, we will confess any sin that is found, turn from it, and seek to live a Godly lifestyle for Christ.

Anything short of consistently dealing with sin in our lives is simply saying “I do not care.”

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Q6

 

Christ Is The Source of Our Physical and Spiritual Life!

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 3:14 KJV

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;

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “to whom be glory forever and ever Amen.”

SIH HALTAL ICONHebrews 13:21 KJV

(21)  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Unto Our Lord Jesus Christ deserves all the glory, forever and forever!   With this verse, we come to an end of our series.  I trust this series has brought honor and glory to our Lord Jesus! 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the beginning of the creation of God”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 3:14 KJV

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;

 

Jesus is the One that brought God’s creation into existence, and authoritatively rules over it!

 

Colossians 1:15-17 describes Jesus as “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”

Not only does the title “the beginning of the creation of God” reveal that Jesus is the Creator and Ruler over all, but it also teaches us that Jesus is God Himself.  Remember, He is the One that created “the creation of God” (ie “the creation that is created by God”.)   Well, if Jesus brought into existence “the creation that was created by God”, then it only follows that Jesus must be God!

Folks, let’s always recognize the Lord Jesus Christ as our Creator, Lord and God!  May we appreciate Him as our Creator, submit to His will and ways as our Lord, and worship Him as our God…  Today and every day of our lives!

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Q6

 

Christ Is Perfectly Reliable… Do We Trust Him?

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 3:14 KJV  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;

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3S0

Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “Working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight through Jesus Christ”

SIH HALTAL ICONHebrews 13:21 KJV

(21)  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Through Jesus and His work on our behalf, God works His pleasure in us.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the Amen, the faithful and true witness”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 3:14 KJV

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;

 

 

 

As the Lord writes to the church at Laodicea, we find the Lord identifies Himself as “the Amen”, and “the faithful and true witness”.

Although these are two separate titles, they go hand in hand.  The title “Amen” points to the person and life of Christ as the trustworthy, dependable One,  while the title “the faithful and true witness” speaks of the promises and teachings Christ as the One whose speech can be trusted and is actual to fact.

 

Folks, do we ever stop and think what life would be like if Christ could not be totally trusted?

If Christ cannot be totally trusted, His promises to us would hold no meaning.  We would always be fearful that He would break His promises to us and look the other way when we needed Him the most.

If Christ cannot be totally trusted, we would live in constant doubt of His life-example and teachings.  As we read the gospel accounts of His life and words, we would find them shallow and without substance.  After all, just because He was merciful in the times of the N,T there would be no guarantee that He would not change.  Just because He taught many things about God, there would be no reason to accept them as truth.

And above all else, if Christ cannot be totally trusted, we would be placed in a positon where we would be obligated to question our very salvation and eternal destiny.   His decree that our sins are forgiven and our eternity is secure may simply be a cruel joke on His part, leaving us spiritually destitute and condemned when we face His Father at the final judgment.

 

But folks, we can know that He can be absolutely trusted.  As the “Amen” and “the faithful and true witness” we can rest assured His promises are certain, His life example is genuine and sincere, and His words to us are perfectly true!

Let’s thank Him for His dependability in word, deed and promise.  And show our appreciation by keeping them in our mind and trusting Him every minute of every day!  In all that we do, let it be by faith and reliance upon Him.

1 Thessalonians 1:3 KJV “Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;”

Hebrews 11:6 KJV “But without faith it is impossible to please him:…”

Romans 14:23 KJV …for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”   

 

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Q6

 

 

As Children Of God We Are His Eternal Possessions!

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 3:12 KJV

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3RR

Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “that great shepherd of the sheep”

SIH HALTAL ICON

Hebrews 13:20 KJV

(20)  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

 

Jesus is the Ultimate Leader, Protector, and Sustainer of His People.

 

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Revelation 3: Summary

SIH STSTA ICONSUMMARY OF THE CHAPTER:

 

 

 

 

 

In our previous studies we have seen that Revelation chapter 3:, beginning our section on the individualized letters to the seven churches of Asia, contains 3 main divisions:

 

  1. Revelation 3:1-6 – Christ’s letter to the church at Sardis
  2. Revelation 3:7-13 – Christ’s letter to the church at Philadelphia
  3. Revelation 2:14-22 – Christ’s letter to the church at Laodicea

 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER:

1.   Revelation 3:1-6 – Christ’s letter to the church at Sardis

In this letter, we see Christ presented as the One who controls and authorizes the Holy Spirit and His Pastors to present His Word to His people.

We also see the condition of the church at Sardis was grave.  They were described as spiritually “dead” and yet did not see the horrible condition they were in.  They believed themselves to be alive and well.

We saw that the remedy for their situation was for them to wake up and recognize their need; hold fast to the areas of service that was still in existence; take heed to the warning from Christ, and repent of their spiritual laxness and lack of concern.

They received a warning that if they did not deal with their sin that Christ would come upon them quickly and unexpectedly, not to bless but to chasten them for their apathy.

Christ promised them that those who were faithful to His commands, proving they were genuinely saved, would be assured of receiving eternal rewards and dwell forever in His presence.

Finally, we saw that He promised those who were genuinely saved (overcomers) would possess the righteousness of Christ, are eternally secure in Him, and be presented to God with Christ proclaiming their innocence based upon His shed blood.

 

For a much more detailed look at this section of Scripture:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3OE

 

 

 2.  Revelation 3:7-13 – Christ’s letter to the church at Philadelphia 

In this letter, we see Christ presented as the promised Messiah of the Old Testament.

We also see the church as being faithful having great opportunities of service open before them.  Even in the midst of great persecution, they remained faithful to Christ, His Word and continued to profess Him as their Lord and Savior.

The Lord promised to them that based upon their patient service towards Him, He would graciously without some of the great Roman persecution that would take place in the future.

The Lord leaves them with the promise of His quick return and the responsibility to remain faithful so that they would not lose their eternal rewards.

Finally, we saw that He promised the overcomers that, because they were owned by the Lord, they would be permanently in the presence of the Lord throughout eternity, would be recognized as citizens of New Jerusalem, and would experience a new level of intimacy with Christ.

 

For a much more detailed look at this section of Scripture:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Pn

 

 

 3.  Revelation 2:14-22 – Christ’s letter to the church at Laodicea

In this letter, we see Christ presented as the One who possesses authority, reliability, and ability to instruct us. lead us and rule over us.

We also see the church was oblivious to their true spiritual condition. They were described as being (spiritually) wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked.

They did not see the sin in their midst and quickly repent (hot to be obedient to Christ), nor did they see the sin in their midst and stubbornly resist repentance (cold in their obedience of Christ), instead they were unaware of their own sin (so unconcerned about their sin they didn’t make the effort to examine themselves (neither cold nor hot… lukewarm).  Because of this the Lord declares that if they do not take action, He will reject them and their hypocritical worship.

To remedy their situation, they were to begin rise up, take action and serve the Lord anew by searching the Scriptures for insight into their horrible condition.

The Lord warned them that if they remained lukewarm, He would chasten them for their disobedience.

Finally, we saw that He promised those who were genuinely saved (overcomers) that He would begin to convict each member individually, desiring renewed fellowship with them.

The Lord promises to overcomers in the church that they would rule with Him over a new heavens and earth throughout eternity.  It would be much like a restored Garden of Eden that would include man’s perfect dominion over the newly reformed earth.

 

For a much more detailed look at this section of Scripture:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3Q6

 

 

 WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

In the next lesson in our series, we will be looking at Revelation 4:. In this chapter and the following chapter, we will see a vision of heaven and a glorious scene of the worship of God and the Lamb (Christ) by the dead saints who have gone on before us.

The following is a short outline of our next two chapters…

 

  1. Vision Of Heaven 4:1-5:14
  2. Worship Before The Throne  (4:1-11)
  3. The Throne Of God (vs 1-5)
  4. The Four Beast’s Worship Of God (vs 6-11)
  5. The Scroll And The Lamb (5:1-7)
  6. Worship Of The Lamb (5:8-14)

 

 May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

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Revelation 3:14-22 “Christ’s Letter To The Church At Laodicea”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

The Letter To Laodicea…

 

 

 

Revelation 3:14-22 KJV

(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;
(15)  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
(16)  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
(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:
(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.
(19)  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
(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.
(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.
(22)  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

 

From our previous lesson, we saw a very basic summary of the contents of these letters include:

 

Church Location Name Meaning Areas of Faithfulness Areas of Unfaithfulness Possible Punishment Reward To Overcomers (proof of genuine salvation)
Ephesus Desired or Allowed Many areas of faithful outward service.  Hate doctrine of Nicolaitanes. Left first love (Christ)Service not motivated by love for Christ. Removal of candlestick (church no longer enjoying fellowship w God) Eat of Tree of Life in Paradise
Smyrna Myrrh Spiritually rich N/A N/A Not hurt by second death
Pergamos Fortified Tower Faithfulness in face of persecution Allowing doctrine of Balaam and Nicolaitans(physical and spiritual fornication) Will war against those who hold false teaching Be given hidden manna and white stone with new name
Thyatira Sacrifice, Offering, Corpse Works of love, service, faith, patience False Prophetess in midst. (sexual immorality and idol worship) Sickness, tribulation and death upon her and her followers. Be given power over the nations
Sardis Depart, Escape, Exit A few faithful areas of service remain. A few faithful members remain. Testimony that they are spiritually alive but really dead.  Their works not “perfect” before God. Will come upon them as a thief (implied removing anything of value leaving spiritually destitute) White garments.  Name not blotted out of book, confess his name before the Father
Philadelphia Love Of The Brethren Kept Word not denied name of Christ. Persevered in trials N/A N/A Permanent pillar in temple of God.  Name of God and New Jerusalem upon them. New name given to them
Laodicea Judgment Of The People N/A Lukewarm service.  Blinded to their spiritual destitution. Spew out of Lord’s mouth. Rebuking and chastening from Lord. Sit with Christ in throne.

 

 

Beginning in chapter 2 through chapter 3, John writes personalized messages to the 7 churches.  Each message contains four basic parts:

  1. Description of Christ
  2. Commendation for faithfulness and consequences
  3. Exposing unfaithfulness and consequences
  4. Promise to Overcomers

 

The first of these personalized messages is written to the church at Laodicea.

  1. Description of Christ (v 14)
  2. Commendation for faithfulness and consequences (N/A)
  3. Exposing unfaithfulness and consequences (v 15-20)
  4. Promise to Overcomers (v 21-22)

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Revelation 3: – 

 

(14)  And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;

Laodicea was located in the Lycus Valley which was route of travel and trade for many who were traveling from the east to west.  The great amount of wealthy traders that passed through the city caused the city to become very wealthy and self-sufficient.  At one point it time, the city was almost totally destroyed by an earthquake.  The citizens chose to reject monetary help from the Roman government and totally rebuilt the city by their own means.

Due to their great wealth and prosperity, the city became the home of great monuments, schools of science, medicine and art as well as other cultural attractions.   The city was originally called “the city of Zeus” and was a center of Zeus worship.   Many of its citizens were Jews who continued to monetarily support the temple in Jerusalem.

The city received its supply of water from a series of pipes that ran from springs outside the city.  Many believe that this is a source of reference for the Lord’s description of them being like “lukewarm water”.

 

These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

This description of Christ comes from John’s vision of Christ in Rev 1:5 & 8…

  1. the “Amen” or “thus it shall be” – Christ’s purposes will come to pass. He is the Almighty God who is in control of all
  2. the “faithful and true witness” – He can be trusted to speak factually. His testimony is reliable.
  3. the beginning of the creation of God – He is the originator of all God’s creation. As Creator, He holds authority over all.

When we look at these descriptions, we can see that Christ is presenting Himself as the Lord who possesses the authority, ability, and reliability to instruct us and rule over us.  His teachings are not to be ignored, nor to be accepted half-heartedly.  They are to be accepted and willingly submitted to.

 

(15)  I know thy works, 

The Lord now explains to them their spiritual condition.  Instead of commending them, He immediately turns to explains the great need of the assembly.

“I know thy works” – He sees our acts of labor for Him.  He knows what we do, why we do it, and the pain we encounter as we serve.

 

that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.  (16)  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,

What was the condition of the church?

  1. thou art neither cold – Their attitude was not cold, seeing the need of repentance and STUBBORNLY REJECTING restoration.

2.  thou art neither… hot – Their attitude was not hot, seeing their need of repentance and ACTIVELY SEEKING restoration.

3.  thou are lukewarm – They did not even see their need of repentance.

They were not motivated to turn from or seek restoration through repentance, they continued along their way not even seeing the great need of the assembly.  They did not care about their spiritual condition, they were not willing to make the effort to examine themselves and see their great need.

What a horrible condition to be in.  To be one of the Lord’s assemblies and not seeing the sin that lies within.  They were caught between cold and hot, feeling at comfort and at ease, thinking they were fine, when really they were in a shameful condition with great spiritual needs.

This is the worse condition to be in.  In the case of those who are hot, if they see their sin, they will repent. In the case of those who are cold, if they see their sin and refuse to repent, the Lord can convict them and eventually bring them to repentance. In either case, it is better to be hot or cold so the Lord may deal appropriately with the sin.  To be lukewarm is to be condemned to spiritual failure not seeing our sin, not feeling guilt nor feeling the need to repent.

 

 

I will spue thee out of my mouth.

As long as the need of repentance is not recognized, it can never be dealt with.  This was the sad condition of the church at Laodicea.  They were so lax and uncaring they did not see their great needs.  The Lord was disgusted with them for being lax in such important matters as these.  As long as they remained in this sinful condition, they would lack fellowship with the Lord and be rejected by Him.  (1 John 1:5-7)

 

(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:

Their condition in further explained…

They thought their condition was wealthy, overflowing with riches and lacking nothing. They were more concerned about their physical state (their wealth, overabundance, and self-sufficiency) than their spiritual condition.

In actuality, they …

“knowest not” –  they were ignorant of their true spiritual needs.

“wretched” – balancing great hardships, distressed (juggling spiritual deficiencies without remedying them)

“miserable” – pitiful, needing great mercy and compassion

“poor” – spiritual beggars

“blind” – unable to see due to callouses (their sinful conceit  blinding them)

“naked” – spiritually stripped and shameful

 

They were in a horrible condition having great needs, without recognizing them and, therefore, not dealing with them.

 

(18)  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich;

The Lord tells them the three remedies they need…

1.   gold tried in fire – acts of Godly service that proceeds from persecution (1 Peter 1:7) – in doing this they will be laying up riches for their eternity with Christ. They would have to wake up and see the great needs around them, deal with the sin in their midst, and begin again to serve their Lord in Spirit and in Truth.

  

and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear;

2.  white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed – acts of righteous, Godly service that covers the shame of disobedience and laxiety. They needed to no longer continue to drift, but to rise up and serve the Lord in a way pleasing to Him. In doing so, they will be clothing themselves in works of righteousness through the gracious intervention of the Lord in their lives (Ephesians 4:24).

 and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

3.  anoint thine eyes with eyesalve – wake up! Open their eyes to their true condition and be honest with themselves. Seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance as we examine ourselves to see the sin that lies within us (1 John 2:20-24)

Please note all three of the remedies mentioned point to the need of an awakening to self-examination and active service for Christ… please notice the three basic remedies teach us three aspects of good works of service:

  1. gold in fire – service to the Lord holds great eternal value
  2. white raiment clothed – righteous works that prevents the shame of sin
  3. anoint with eyesalve – righteous works are direct results of spiritual sight, understanding the Word and seeing the needs around us.

 

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

The Lord explains to the church at Laodicea that, due to His love for them and the assembly as a whole, that He will warn, convince and discipline them to bring about repentance for their sin.  They should not take these warnings as a sign of His hatred and anger, but as a sign of His love and concern for them.

Also, because these warnings are given from a heart of love and concern, the church was to take them very seriously and act accordingly.

There are three basic results of sin as the Lord deals with sin in the lives of Christians or churches:

  1. separation from God (inhibited fellowship)
  2. rebuke – guilt (the revelation and conviction of sin)
  3. chastening – discipline (punishment to restore fellowship in the rebuke is ignored)

 

 

(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.

Although the church as a whole is separated from the Lord due to sin within, the Lord now offers each individual member to willingly accept His warnings, welcome His renewed fellowship and do what each person can to correct the situation in the assembly and their own personal lives.  If they do, He will restore fellowship with them as individuals, in spite of the condition of the church as a whole.  In this we can see His great love and mercy.  Although He was disgusted with them and ready to spue them from His mouth, His mercy still called out to them willing to renew fellowship with them.

 

It is much like His teachings in Luke 12:36 –

“And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.”  

In other words, Christ is speaking to His servants knocking at the door wanting them to welcome Him in and receive His instructions for them.  This should have been the attitude of the members of the church at Laodicea.

 

In Song of Solomon 5:2-6 –

“I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.

I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?  My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.  I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.  I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.”

This gives us the perfect of example of a local church that ignores the Lord’s desire to renew fellowship and communion.  Because, they were occupied with other matters, and careless about their spiritual condition, they are too late to receive Him when He comes to knock.

 

Please note: the Lord is not speaking to lost men, contextually, He is clearly speaking to members of this church with whom fellowship has been broken.  The members must individually take action (submit to His will, and see the great need of the assembly) for things to change in the assembly.

He is not speaking to the church as a body, but to each and every individual member, note the “any man” and “him” and “he”… clearly singular individuals.  This helps us to understand that any change that takes in an assembly must start in the hearts of individual believers. Without individual members submitting to His will, the church as a whole will never come into submission and renewed fellowship with Him.  It is only when members see the needs of the assembly and then submit to His will, that genuine change will take place in the assembly as a body.

 

(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.

The Lord now promises those who are truly saved “overcomers” or “victors” (Revelation 12:11) to enjoy great blessings in eternity.  One of the greatest blessings is to rule with Him as authority holder in judgment and rulership (1 Corinthians 6: 2-3, 2 Tim 2:12)  During the 1000 Year reign we will be ruling over the new creation of God (Revelation 20:4-6)

This is simply following the example of Christ who was the Victor over sin and death and then was exalted to His Father’s right hand (Eph 1:20-23)

2 Timothy 2:12 KJV – “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:”

Suffering for the cause of Christ (a sign of genuine salvation experience) will result in His people sharing in His authority over all.  If a person denies Christ (a sign of a lost individual) will result in Christ’s rejection of the denier in the last day.

Those in the church who would awaken to the desires of the Lord and do what is necessary, would show themselves to be genuine believers and share in His authority.  Those who remain in denial of the truths of God and reject His hand of chastening, show themselves to be unregenerate, and therefore will not share in the inheritance of God’s people.

 

(22)  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

The Lord speaking to the members of the church at Laodicea says,  “If you are truly saved, pay attention to what the Holy Spirit is telling the churches.”

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this section of Scripture, we see Jesus shown to us as the One who possess the supreme authority, ability, and reliability.    We also see Him as One who cares so much for His people that He takes the time and effort to chasten those whom He loves, while standing ever-ready to forgive those who come to Him with a genuine repentant heart.

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

Based upon the person, work and love of Christ, He deserves passionate, committed service from His people. He deserves for His people to recognize their desperate need of Him as the chief supplier of all their needs and desires.  Above that a careless, halfhearted, lukewarm commitment to His service will not be tolerated.

Do we care enough that we take the time to examine ourselves, recognize our true spiritual condition, and deal with our sin promptly?   Do we look to Christ as the Ultimate Provider of all of needs and abilities?  Do we live for Him, or do we live for our own comfort and ease?  Do we really care or do we simply go through the motions of service as long as there is little or no cost to us?

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “I will write upon him the name of my God,… the city of my God… my new name.”

SIH TOTT ICONThe Revelation Of Jesus Christ:I will write upon him the name of my God,… the city of my God… my new name.”

 

Revelation 3:12 KJV

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

One of the great promises given to genuine believers (“overcomers”) is the receipt of confirmation of their blessed, eternal, position in Christ.  This confirmation is symbolized by various names being written upon the redeemed.

Back in John’s day, servants bore the names of their masters upon their bodies as a declaration of their master’s ownership.  This is the picture that is set before us in today’s Scripture.   Note which names are being written upon the saints…

  1. the name of my God – declaring that the child of God is the eternal possession of God, never to be under another’s rule, bondage, or captivity. He is eternally secure in the counsels of God.
  1. the name of the city of my God (New Jerusalem) – declaring that the King of King’s subject is a citizen of New Jerusalem (heaven descended to earth) located on the New Heavens and New Earth.
  1. my new name (the new name of Christ) – declaring that the servant of Christ is the eternal servant of the newly revealed Lord Jesus Christ. Keep in mind, this side of heaven, the saint can only see Christ dimly as through a smoky glass.  But once the saint enters eternity, he will be able to see Christ with much more clarity and understanding.  This is why the saint will have a “renewed” name of Christ written upon him, reflecting the renewed sight and understanding we will possess of Him.

 

How will this take place?  Our willing, joyful worship of God at His throne, our citizenship in New Jerusalem, and our presence with Christ will all be proofs of our eternal standing in Him.  Compare this to the lost’s reluctant worship of God. their suffering in the Lake of Fire, and their separation from Christ which will all clearly declare their eternal rejection by God.

Folks, we need to praise Him that we will be clearly revealed as the people of God throughout eternity, enjoying the many blessings that He has chosen to give to those for whom Christ died.  And in response let’s serve the Lord with glad hearts knowing that we have a wonderful eternity awaiting us as those children of Almighty God.

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Are Your Eternal Rewards Secure In Christ?

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 3:11 KJV

(11)  Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus”

SIH HALTAL ICONHebrews 13:20 KJV –  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

Jesus came forth from the grave by the power of God.  It was the God who brought peace to all mankind through Christ’s death and resurrection!

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 3:11 KJV

(11)  Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

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“Let no man take thy crown”…. What??!!!  You mean I can lose my eternal, heavenly rewards???  Yep.  That is what this verse says.  If we are honest, we cannot deny this truth from God’s Word. 

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So how is it possible that we can avoid losing our heavenly rewards?  This same verse explains that to us.  Notice what is said “hold that fast which thou hast”… in other words, do not go backwards in our walk for Christ.  We can do this by consistently holding fast to the truths which we have been taught.  We do this by learning them, understanding them, applying them and sharing them.  If we consistently do these things we shall never fail in our service to the Lord nor will we lose our eternal rewards.  However, if we let them “slip” from us, we will certainly face loss. 

One short example will suffice.  Let’s say we learn the truth that, as Christians, we are not to live lives of deceit.  We learn that truth, we understand that truth, and we go on to apply that truth by living honest, sincere, transparent lives.    Then lets suppose a neighbor or fellow-worker approaches us and asks us why we refuse to lie, even though it would seem to benefit us greatly.  We answer because we are servants of Christ and share the gospel message with them. For this, we gain eternal rewards.

Time passes, over time we become lax and allow the truth of living honest lives to slip from us.  Eventually, we begin to live a lifestyle of deceit and hypocrisy.  The neighbor or fellow-worker sees this take place in our lives.  He no longer respects us and disregards our message of Christ that we shared with him.  Basically, by allowing the truth to slip from us, we have effectively undone our testimony for Christ.  Our testimony has been rendered spiritually worthless.  For this, we lose those rewards which we had gained.

Why should we be rewarded for that which has no spiritual benefit (our destroyed testimony)? In this text, the Lord helps us to understand that we have lost our reward for possessing a Godly testimony by destroying that testimony through deceit.  We “let slip” the truths of God in our lifestyle and, in doing so, have totally undone that which we had accomplished for His cause.  The Apostle Paul described this condition as being spiritually shipwrecked (useless in His service)… 

1 Timothy 1:18-20 KJV

This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;  Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:  Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

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May we all be on guard to not let the truths of God slip from our minds, hearts, lives or mouths.  In doing so we will guard against losing the wonderful, eternal rewards that are awaiting us!

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Are We Patient Under The Burdens Of Service For Jesus?

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 3:10 KJV

(10)  Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

 

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