Sunday Morning Podcast July 9, 2017. Bro. Dave Goble
TEXT: REVELATION 3:14-22
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.
Of all the letters in Revelation, this letter in chapter 3, was the most critical. It symbolized the spirit and character of an age. Acts 2:46,47 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart. 47 Praising God, and having favour with all people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. This church of Pentecost, in Acts, was a most zealous one, sharing equally with joy, gladness, and with no divisions. The Lord consequently blessed mightily, resulting in a multitude being brought to salvation. There are letters to the seven different churches in Revelations. This letter in Revelation’s 3 to the Laodiceans, was different than the ones to the other churches. Laodicean means to be lukewarm or indifferent. Different messages were needed to a church in trouble, as opposed to those that were revived. This letter serves also as a warning that we today are not found in a laodicean state. Without this message, there was no hope for this church to become “awakened” or revived.
A good question to apply to us today; “Is your connection to God as sweet as when you were first saved?” If not, you might need to examine and deal with your need, to be revived as when you were first saved. The admonition to this church was to repent. To repent means to “change your mind, and direction.” It should be seen as a positive association, and not a negative one concerning repentance. We should never be afraid of it, as it opens the door for our help. Revelations 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: The church here thought they were spiritually rich, and clothed, although in reality they were poor and naked. They had become self satisfied. Thinking, “I don’t have a need, so don’t worry about me.” This mentality is also sometimes prevalent today in the church. Unless we hear and listen to what the Spirit says, we won’t see spiritual needs in our life that God would show and heal us from. There will always be times in our life, that we need to be concerned and corrected in our growth. The humble heart recognizes this.
The Social church can be defined as one that is self satisfied, and with no active soul burden. A church that is more involved in social activities that gather in many. But a revived church is more concerned, zealous, and with a singular mission for reach souls for salvation. What’s the evidence of your burden for souls? The social church has no soul burden. Are you active in a personal work for the Lord? Without a burden for working for the Lord, your “mission” for souls will fail. An active mission and real soul burden will only come when we allow ourselves to be tested and tried in our walk with God: 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. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Revelations 3: 18,19
God’s people must recognize His sovereignty; having a mission for reaching souls, and not being; A Social church.