Posted on February 21, 2020 in Daily Devotionals, February

Knowing JESUS Daily Devotional | February 21, 2020 – Unto the church in Laodiceans, Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: – Revelation 3:14-22

Knowing JESUS Daily Devotional | February 21, 2020. Enrich and Sustain your relationship with Jesus reading our daily devotional  –  Revelation 3:14-22  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; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 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: 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. 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. 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.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 

Unto the church in Laodiceans, Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him – Revelation 3:7-13

as a result, hence, consequently, therefore
Knowing Jesus Daily Devotional
first of all, also, another, furthermore, finally
because, so, due to, for the reason that
similarly, Likewise, rather, while, in contrast Revelation 3:7-13
Unto the church in Laodiceans
Behold I stand at the door and knock
if any man hear my voice
I will come in to him
unTo the church in Laodiceans, Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him – Revelation 3:7-13
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Knowing Jesus Daily Devotional
first of all, also, another, furthermore, finally
because, so, due to, for the reason that
similarly, Likewise, rather, while, in contrast
as a result, hence, consequently, therefore Revelation 3:7-13
Unto the church in Laodiceans
Behold I stand at the door and knock
if any man hear my voice
I will come in to him
unTo the church in Laodiceans, Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him – Revelation 3:7-13
Beloved, glory and honor to the great God in heaven. Our Father and the very Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jn 20:17  Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

He alone giveth power and enabling grace to us to do all things and complete them.

Phi 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

In the same way , He saw us through to finish the study of the entire book of Revelation, the other time. So He has also helped us to finish the deep study of the seven churches.
Like Daniel of old, we give Him alone all the glory for this great feat.  This is our heartfelt doxology for this gracious and eternal defining revelations.

Dan 2:19 — Dan 2:23  Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:  And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:  He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him. I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers,who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter.

Beloved, the study of the seventh church, deserve your utmost attention.
This is because, it is  the last and worst of all the seven Asian churches.
It is, the reverse of the church of Philadelphia for, as there was nothing reproved in that, here was nothing commended in this.
Yet,  because of the providence of our gracious Redeemer and Lord,
It  was  still counted among  the seven golden candlesticks, for a corrupt church may still be a church. See it.

Rev 3:14 — Rev 3:16   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; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

There is a great lesson to be learnt from this church. It affirms in deed the long-suffering of our gracious and loving Father in heaven, who has no pleasure in the death of the wicked.
How does this affects you? It doesn’t matter how far anyone has gone astray like the prodigal son or the malefactor crucified with our Lord. There is still room for time bound repentance.

2 Peter 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Romans 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Beloved, recount these messages were sent to seven selected Asian churches then, to reveal to them, there spiritual standing and for them to make appropriate timely  corrections that could guarantee their eternal well-being.

Revelation 1:11  Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

However, in addition  our loving and gracious Lord, also had it in mind to extend same to His universal churches and you in particular, to help you prepare adequately for the imminent rapture or glory.
This informs why seven churches were selected. Meaning, totality, finality,, completeness  and perfection.

Rev 1:19 — Rev 1:20  Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

 This was the reason every message ended with he or she that hath an ear , should heat what the blessed Holy Spirit was saying to the churches, especially you.

Revelation 3:6  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Revelation 3:13  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Revelation 3:22  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Beloved, you must distinguished your self as a wise virgin. Take utmost advantage of these messages to prepare you for the dawning rapture or sudden glory.
You are familiar with global news. Daily it is reported of numerous mysterious deaths.
From my heart of hearts, I wish you in particular long life. But then, pause, supposing these jihadist or something else happen and you die.  Where will you spend eternity?
See these messages are time bound. Take advantage of them, like the wise virgin.  You must not and you shall not be part of the great tribulation or eternity in hell in Jesus name.

Revelation 1:1  The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

Revelation 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Rev 22:9 — Rev 22:11 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

Beloved, remember you are the church bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ our Lord and savior, that these messages are sent to .
Beside this, you are the  angel through which our Lord Jesus Christ will reach the unsaved among the people in  your world o influence. May the Lord depend on you in particular in Jesus name.

Acts 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Revelation 22:16  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Beloved, keep in mind the reason and the goal for you to undertake the study of these seven churches.
It is to help you secure your most deserved seat among the twenty four elders around the throne of God.
These elders in the book of Revelation symbolizes the raptured church.
Those who were redeemed with the blood of Jesus on this side of heaven . See it yourself.

Rev 4:1 — Rev 4:4  After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

Rev 19:6 — Rev 19:9 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Beloved,   let us study I details this last church.

Rev 3:14 — Rev 3:22  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; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 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: 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. 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. 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.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
As usual the message was sent to the angel of the church.

Rev 3:14 — Rev 3:16   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; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

What do you know about angels. You need to know, to help you fit in as the leader of your world of influence.  See what the Bible says about the angels of God.

Rev 14:6 — Rev 14:7  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

The angels of God are faithful in discharging commissioned errands.  The angel above was preaching the gospel to the entire inhabitants of the earth, during the great tribulation.
Like the angel, you also have been commissioned by Christ to preach the gospel to be lost world.

Mark 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Along side this commission, Jesus commanded that you should preach the total gospel.

Matthew 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

How faithful are you to this heavenly mandate? Are teaching to a congregation with itching ears who only wants to hear  only those things that are suitable to them.

2Ti 4:1 — 2Ti 4:4   I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Are you preaching the total Bible or you are adding your own and removing the substance?  See what the Bible says.

Deuteronomy 4:2  Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

Rev 22:18 — Rev 22:19  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

You are aware of the implication of not teaching the entirety of the word of God.

Revelation 20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Jn 12:46 — Jn 12:48  I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

See Paul taught the entirety of the word of God.

Acts 20:27  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

He commanded Timothy to do same. May the Lord depend on you to be a faithful angel in Jesus name.

1 Timothy 4:16  Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Now let us come back to this last and the worst church.
How was this church established?
The church perhaps must have been founded by  Epaphras.  Why did we say so? See the writing of Paul.

Col 4:12 — Col 4:13  Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.

Now after establishing it, He informed Paul about the Judaizers who wanted to corrupt the church, with false doctrines..

Colossians 2:4  And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.

Colossians 2:8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Colossians 1:8  Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

This was how apostle Paul got to know about the church and started praying for them and sending them epistle.

Colossians 2:1  For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;

Colossians 4:16  And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.

The bishop of the church was also discovered through the writing of apostle Paul. See it.

Philemon 1:2  And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:

Col 4:16 — Col 4:17  And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

The name of the bishop the son of the wealth Apphia.
Unfortunately, the bishop did not live to expectations, which resulted in the decadence of the church.
 By the time Christ sent this message, tge spiritual estate had gone bad.
This church was  the last and worst of all the seven Asian churches,.
 
The  reverse of the church of Philadelphia for, as there was nothing reproved in that, here was nothing commended in this,. See it again.
 

Rev 3:14 — Rev 3:16   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; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

 See how  our Lord Jesus styles himself the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God .
 

Revelation 3:14  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;

 The Amen, one that is steady and unchangeable in all his purposes and promises, which are all yea, and all amen .
 The faithful and true witness, whose testimony of God to men ought to be received and fully believed, and whose testimony of men to God will be fully believed and regarded, and will be a swift but true witness against all indifferent lukewarm professors.
 The beginning of the creation of God, either of the first creation, and so he is the beginning, that is, the first cause, the Creator, and the Governor of it.

Jn 1:1 — Jn 1:3  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Col 1:16 — Col 1:17  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.

Hebrews 1:2  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

 He   is  the head of that body, the first-born from the dead.
Christ, having raised up himself by his own divine power, as the head of a new world, raises up dead souls to be a living temple and church to himself

Revelation 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

The subject-matter, in which observe,
 The heavy charge drawn up against this church, ministers and people, by one who knew them better than they knew themselves: 
 
Thou art neither cold nor hot, but worse than either I would thou wert cold or hot
 

Rev 3:15 — Rev 3:16.   I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

 Lukewarmness or indifference in religion is the worst temper in the world.
 If religion is a real thing, it is the most excellent thing, and therefore we should be in good earnest in it if it is not a real thing, it is the vilest imposture, and we should be earnest against it. 
If religion is worth any thing, it is worth every thing an indifference here is inexcusable: Why halt you between two opinions? If God be God, follow him if Baal (be God), follow him.
 Here is no room for neutrality. An open enemy shall have a fairer quarter than a perfidious neuter and there is more hope of a heathen than of such. 
Christ expects that men should declare themselves in earnest either for him or against him.
 
This church has a name that they are life but dead.  They have lost their first love.  They are dearly lukewarm.
 

Revelation 3:1  And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Revelation 2:4  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Beloved, how about you?  Are you living a false life ?  A life of hypocrisy?   Are you a James in the church and Judas  outside.  Are you a Janet inside the church and Jezebel outside?   Where do you belong?  Examine yourself.

Job 13:16   He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

Isaiah 33:14  The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

Hosea 10:2  Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images.

Hosea 4:17  Ephraim is joined to idols:  let him alone.

Hosea 7:9  Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there u

Please amend your ways before it is too late. Don’t fall a victim of what happened to Gehazi  or  Judas. It shall never be your portion in Jesus name.  See what Jesus was up to do.

Rev 3:15 — Rev 3:16.   I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

 A severe punishment threatened: I will spue thee out of my mouth. As lukewarm water turns the stomach, and provokes to a vomit, lukewarm professors turn the heart of Christ against them.
 
 He is sick of them, and cannot long bear them. They may call their lukewarmness charity, meekness, moderation, and a largeness of soul it is nauseous to Christ, and makes those so that allow themselves in it. 
They shall be rejected, and finally rejected for far be it from the holy Jesus to return to that which has been thus rejected 
We have one cause of this indifference and inconsistency in religion assigned, and that is self-conceitedness or self-delusion.

Proverbs 14:14  The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.

They thought they were very well already, and therefore they were very indifferent whether they grew better or no
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods

Revelation 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:

 Here observe, What a difference there was between the thoughts they had of themselves and the thoughts that Christ had of them
The high thoughts they had of themselves: Thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing, rich, and growing richer, and increased to such a degree as to be above all want or possibility of wanting.

Psalms 36:2  For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.

Perhaps they were well provided for as to their bodies, and this made them overlook the necessities of their souls.
 Or they thought themselves well furnished in their souls: they had learning, and they took it for religion they had gifts, and they took them for grace they had wit, and they took it for true wisdom they had ordinances, and they took up with them instead of the God of ordinances.
How careful should we be not to put the cheat upon our own souls! Doubtless there are many in hell that once thought themselves to be in the way to heaven.
Let us daily beg of God that we may not be left to flatter and deceive ourselves in the concerns of our souls.
 The mean thoughts that Christ had of them and he was not mistaken. He knew, though they knew not, that they were wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.
Wretched
Their state was wretched in itself, and such as called for pity and compassion from others: though they were proud of themselves, they were pitied by all who knew their case.

Rom 7:19 — Rom 7:20  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Romans 7:24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Miserable,

1 Corinthians 15:19  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

Poor
For, They were poor, really poor, when they said and thought they were rich they had no provision for their souls to live upon their souls were starving in the midst of their abundance they were vastly in debt to the justice of God, and had nothing to pay off the least part of the debt

John 15:2  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

John 15:6  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

Romans 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Blind
They were blind they could not see their state, nor their way, nor their danger they could not see into themselves they could not look before them they were blind, and yet they thought they saw the very light that was in them was darkness, and then how great must that darkness be!
They could not see Christ, though evidently set forth, and crucified, before their eyes. They could not see God by faith, though always present in them. They could not see death, though it was just before them. They could not look into eternity, though they stood upon the very brink of it continually .

Matthew 15:14  Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

2Pe 1:5 — 2Pe 1:9  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

1 John 2:11  But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

Naked
They were naked, without clothing and without house and harbour for their souls. They were without clothing, had neither the garment of justification nor that of sanctification.
 Their nakedness both of guilt and pollution had no covering. They lay always exposed to sin and shame. Their righteousnesses were but filthy rags they were rags, and would not cover them, filthy rags, and would defile them.
And they were naked, without house or harbour, for they were without God, and he has been the dwelling-place of his people in all ages in him alone the soul of man can find rest, and safety, and all suitable accommodations.
The riches of the body will not enrich the soul the sight of the body will not enlighten the soul the most convenient house for the body will not afford rest nor safety to the soul.
The soul is a different thing from the body, and must have accommodation suitable to its nature, or else in the midst of bodily prosperity it will be wretched and miserable

Isaiah 61:10  I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

Counsel from Christ.
 
We have good counsel given by Christ to this sinful people, and that is that they drop their vain and false opinion they had of themselves, and endeavour to be that really which they would seem to be: I counsel thee to buy of me,

Revelation 3:18  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.

Jesus Christ continues to give good counsel to those who have cast his counsels behind their backs
The condition of sinners in never desperate, while they enjoy the gracious calls and counsels of Christ
Our blessed Lord, the counsellor, always gives the best advice, and that which is most suitable to the sinner’s case as here,

Gold

These people were poor Christ counsels them to buy of him gold tried in the fire, that they might be rich.
He lets them know where they might have true riches and how they might have them. First, Where they might have them–from himself he sends them not to the streams of Pactolus, nor to the mines of Potosi, but invites them to himself, the pearl of price.

1 Peter 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Secondly, And how must they have this true gold from him? They must buy it.
This seems to be unsaying all again. How can those that are poor buy gold? Just as they may buy of Christ wine and milk, that is, without money and without price,
Something indeed must be parted with, but it is nothing of a valuable consideration, it is only to make room for receiving true riches “Part with sin and self-sufficiency, and come to Christ with a sense of your poverty and emptiness, that you may be filled with his hidden treasure

Isaiah 55:1  Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money

Eph 3:8 — Eph 3:9  Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: and without price.

White  Rainet.
These people were naked Christ tells them where they might have clothing, and such as would cover the shame of their nakedness.
This they must receive from Christ and they must only put off their filthy rags that they might put on the white raiment which he had purchased and provided for them–his own imputed righteousness for justification and the garments of holiness and sanctification

Psalms 132:9  Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.

Psalms 132:16  I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.

Rev 19:7 — Rev 19:8  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Eye save
They were blind and he counsels them to buy of him eye-salve, that they might see, to give up their own wisdom and reason, which are but blindness in the things of God, and resign themselves to his word and Spirit, and their eyes shall be opened to see their way and their end, their duty and their true interest a new and glorious scene would then open itself to their souls a new world furnished with the most beautiful and excellent objects, and this light would be marvellous to those who were but just now delivered from the powers of darkness.
This is the wise and good counsel Christ gives to careless souls and, if they follow it, he will judge himself bound in honour to make it effectual

Proverbs 23:23  Buy the truth, and sell it not;  also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Proverbs 23:26  My son, give me thine heart,  and let thine eyes observe my ways

Ephesians 1:18  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Here is added great and gracious encouragement to this sinful people to take the admonition and advice well that Christ had given them,

Rev 3:19 — Rev 3:20  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 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.

He tells them,
It was given them in true and tender affection: “Whom I love, I rebuke and chasten.
You may think I have given you hard words and severe reproofs it is all out of love to your souls. I would not have thus openly rebuked and corrected your sinful lukewarmness and vain confidence,
if I had not been a lover of your souls had I hated you, I would have let you alone, to go on in sin till it had been your ruin”
Sinners ought to take the rebukes of God’s word and rod as tokens of his good-will to their souls, and should accordingly repent in good earnest, and turn to him that smites them better are the frowns and wounds of a friend than the flattering smiles of an enemy

Pro 3:11 — Pro 3:12  My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord;  neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Heb 12:5 — Heb 12:11  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.

If they would comply with his admonitions, he was ready to make them good to their souls: Behold, I stand at the door and knock,
Here observe, Christ is graciously pleased by his word and Spirit to come to the door of the heart of sinners he draws near to them in a way of mercy, ready to make them a kind visit
 He finds this door shut against him the heart of man is by nature shut up against Christ by ignorance, unbelief, sinful prejudices
 When he finds the heart shut, he does not immediately withdraw, but he waits to be gracious, even till his head be filled with the dew
He uses all proper means to awaken sinners, and to cause them to open to him: he calls by his word, he knocks by the impulses of his Spirit upon their conscience
 Those who open to him shall enjoy his presence, to their great comfort and advantage.
He will sup with them he will accept of what is good in them he will eat his pleasant fruit and he will bring the best part of the entertainment with him. If what he finds would make but a poor feast, what he brings will make up the deficiency: he will give fresh supplies of graces and comforts, and thereby stir up fresh actings of faith, and love, and delight and in all this Christ and his repenting people will enjoy pleasant communion with each other.
Alas! what do careless obstinate sinners lose by refusing to open the door of the heart to Christ!

Acts 3:19  Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

2 Chronicles 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2Co 7:10  For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

 We now come to the conclusion of this epistle and here we have as before,
The promise made to the overcoming believer. It is here implied,

Rev 3:21 — Rev 3:22   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.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
 That though this church seemed to be wholly overrun and overcome with lukewarmness and self-confidence, yet it was possible that by the reproofs and counsels of Christ they might be inspired with fresh zeal and vigour, and might come off conquerors in their spiritual warfare
 That, if they did so, all former faults should be forgiven, and they should have a great reward. And what is that reward?
 They shall sit down with me on my throne, as I also overcame, and have sat down with my Father on his throne,
That Christ himself had met with his temptations and conflicts
 That he overcame them all, and was more than a conqueror
That, as the reward of his conflict and victory, he has sat down with God the Father on his throne, possessed of that glory which he had with the Father from eternity, but which he was pleased very much to conceal on earth, leaving it as it were in the hands of the Father, as a pledge that he would fulfil the work of a Saviour before he reassumed that manifestative glory and, having done so, he demands the pledge, to appear in his divine glory equal to the Fathe
That those who are conformed to Christ in his trials and victories shall be conformed to him in his glory they shall sit down with him on his throne, on his throne of judgment at the end of the world, on his throne of glory to all eternity, shining in his beams by virtue of their union with him and relation to him, as the mystical body of which he is the head
All is closed up with the general demand of attention  putting all to whom these epistles shall come in mind that what is contained in them is not of private interpretation, not intended for the instruction, reproof, and correction of those particular churches only, but of all the churches of Christ in all ages and parts of the world: and as there will be a resemblance in all succeeding churches to these, both in their graces and sins, so they may expect that God will deal with them as he dealt with these, which are patterns to all ages
What faithful, and fruitful churches may expect to receive from God, and what those who are unfaithful may expect to suffer from his hand yea, that God’s dealings with his churches may afford useful instruction to the rest of the world, to put them upon considering,

If judgment begin at the house of God, what shall the end of those be that do not obey the gospel of Christ? 1 Peter 4:17.

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