Revelation 3 – I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot.

#Revelation 3 – I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. 

[14] “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.

[15] “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! [16] So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. [17] For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. [18] I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. [19] Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. [20] Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. [21] The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. [22] He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’” (Revelation 3:14-22 ESV)

The past few days it seems like these verses have been coming up in random conversations quite often. I am not sure why but it I feel like I have been working my way through them in many different ways.

As I have been discussing these verses with different people, it seems that the majority of those I have talked with feel like the verses above apply to believers. This has become more burdensome to me the more I hear it. If we take verses 15-16 ([15] “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! [16] So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.) to be specifically for believers the verses can be interpreted to say that if you are not working within the Church then God will reject you. This message would be implying that we can lose our salvation by not doing the works of the Church.

This my friends is not true. When you compare the characteristics of that interpretation to other scriptures speaking of our salvation and regeneration found in the New Testament (Eph.2:8-9, Titus 3:5, etc.) the argument creates conflict and contradiction.

We know that the Bible does NOT contradict itself, so what does these passages tell us?

What warning is the church of Laodicea given?

And What is the application for us today?

The Warning Given to Laodicea

First we must look into the context, we can see from verses 14 that this was written specifically to the Church at Laodicea and NOT all believers. Jesus is giving revelation to a specific group of people at a specific time for a specific situation. So it is not evidence of believers loosing salvation but that the people in the physical location of the church of Laodicea were performing the tasks of the church and yet they were not completely committed to God. We see this when Jesus tells John that they are neither Hot nor Cold. The people of the church are not really committed.

We can also see this in the way that Jesus then outlines to the church what they are doing.

 [17] For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. = The people are prideful and do not see the futility of their ways.

[18] I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. =Jesus has gone to all of them and counseled them to receive salvation so that they may not be put to shame but will be healed.

[19] Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. [20] Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. =Jesus is coming to them with warning because He desires for their salvation and again offers them salvation.

[21] The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.= “The one who conquers”> See Rev. 12:11

[22] He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. = Again Jesus pleads with the people to hear His words of salvation.

The Application for Everyone

The application for us today is not just for believers but for everyone. We can see that through society and in our churches there are people who deal with the same prideful attitudes that the Laodiceans had. This is a sin.

We know that Jesus desires for all to come to salvation (2Peter 3:9) and therefore He goes to them as He does us with warnings and the message of salvation and healing. His desire for us is to be completely committed to Him.

So I ask you this question, when did you completely commit to Christ? Have you made this commitment for your life?

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