Friday, June 1, 2018

Lukewarm

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16).

This is one of scariest verses in the Bible regarding the Church of Laodicea.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

TR was never accused of being “lukewarm.” Jesus Christ was never accused of being lukewarm either, but He did accuse others of it, including the Church of Laodicea. That church many commentators say represents our current church. We are miles wide and ankle deep. We don’t seek out or live the Scriptures admonitions of living a life full of grace and seasoned with salt.  The latter New Testament speaks often of people falling away and doing what pleases them as false teachers increase. Persecution of the church will increase and Jesus needs faithful believers. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians says, “Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be men of courage, be strong. Do everything in love” (1 Corinthians 1613).

My wife loves hot springs. In fact when ever we travel she is looking for the nearest natural hot spring and there are many throughout the volcanic regions of the country. These springs bubble up from deep in the earth full of minerals that renew and heal. What a great metaphor for the gospel. It brings life to the body and soul, eternal life to those who believe.


Throw out your lukewarm coffee and righteousness and be renewed in the One who brings life and life to the full. 

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