Beware of Lukewarmness

And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, these things say the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God. Revelation 3:14

Who is the Amen? The Lord Jesus Christ is the Amen. For all the promises of God in Him are yes, and in Him Amen to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20. All the promises of God are fulfilled in the Lord Jesus. He is in agreement with the Father. The Lord Jesus said in John 10:30, “I and my Father are One.” The Lord Jesus is the embodiment of Amen. He confirms God’s promises. He fulfils God’s promises. All that He did or said while He was here on earth was in agreement with the Father. The Lord Jesus is the First and the Last. He is from eternity past, present and into eternity future. He is the Amen.

He is the Faithful and True Witness. Revelation 1:5: “And from Jesus Christ, the faithful Witness, the firstborn from the dead, …..”. A faithful witness does not lie, …. Proverbs 14:5. The Lord Jesus is the Faithful Witness. We can depend upon His witness. Isaiah 55:4 reads: “Indeed I have given Him as a witness to the people, a leader and a commander for the people.” The Lord Jesus will speak the truth, for He is The Way, The Truth and The Life. He is the Faithful and True Witness.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Beginning of the creation of God. He is the firstborn from the dead. God made the worlds through the Lord Jesus. Hebrews 1:2 John 1:1-4 and verse 2 reads: He was in the beginning with God. verse 3: “ All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” The Lord Jesus is also the Beginning of the new creation. All of us who believe and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation are a new creation in Christ Jesus. The Lord Jesus is the Beginning of this creation. He died for our redemption and He was raised from the dead for our justification. He is the firstborn from the dead. Jesus Christ is the first One to resurrect from the dead.

The Lord Jesus pronounced His analysis of the Church of the Laodiceans in Revelations 3:15, 16: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.” V 16: “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot. I will vomit you out of my mouth.” The Faithful and True Witness is telling it like it is. He is not mincing words.

 Our Lord does not like lukewarmness. He wants us to be hot for Him and for His service. If we are cold, He can revive us. When we are lukewarm, we feel that we are fine. We are in our comfortable place. We think we are not in need of anything. We think we are doing just fine. We are complacent and nothing riles us. Nothing disturbs us. We are just going through our routine. Therein lies our error, and we do not rely on God for direction or for His daily sustenance. Then God cannot use us.

 Because you say, I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing – and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked - Revelation 3:17.

Compare the Laodiceans with the Church in Smyrna. The Church in Smyrna was poor in this world’s goods, but rich toward God. The Church in Smyrna was rich in faith. The Lord told them they were rich. The Laodicean church said they were rich, but they were actually poor according to God’s standards.

One of the sad things about the Laodicean church was they had no clue they were wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked. I am sure they were shocked when the Lord Jesus made this pronouncement. They thought they were fine and doing great. May be this church congregation was admired by many people.

 Lukewarmness is a form of ease. No need to inquire of God. All is good. Lukewarmness lulls us into a comfortable sleep which produces poverty – poverty of spirit.

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