Is Revelation 3 saying a believer will be spued out of Jesus mouth and Salvation is lost?
“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.” (Revelation 3: 14-18 KJV)
First, notice hot or cold are both seen as good here. It is the Lukewarm that is not good right?
Not all people that attend a church service know the Lord right? Matthew 7 shows how true that is and that many THINK they are true Christians and think they are saved by going to church services and by their works – yet never accepted the free gift of Salvation, not of works, through Christ crucified, died and risen. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 10:10-11)
The Corinthian Church is a church that Paul was rebuking as a very bad example of how believers should be living. In the case of the Church of Laodiceans in Revelation 3, it is their RICHES AND SELF SUFFICIENCY that is being addressed specifically as the root cause of their being so Luke warm, that Jesus wants to spew them out of His mouth. Jesus addresses the unbelievers to come to Salvation. Why? They think they are saved but are not! They go to church. They tell others they are ‘Christian’. They believe they are spiritually rich and have God’s favor. Jesus is talking about unbelievers in this passage – not true believers of the Gospel of Grace through Jesus Christ that Apostle Paul taught.
Their works are useless for Salvation. It is the same as living under the Law of Moses. The Ten Commandments are God’s Holy standard but they cannot make anyone Holy! They are thinking they are rich spiritually yet have not even grasped Salvation through Christ’s act of atonement. A ONCE FOR ALL sacrifice for the sins of the world. (1 John 2:2, Hebrews 10:10-11)
These are people who are trying to cover up their sin by looking good to others instead of acknowledging the truth that they will never match up to the Holy standards of God. Do you see any church religions filled with people like this? It is RAMPANT in these last days! Church religions teaching false Salvation by works and false prosperity gospels. BEWARE! That is NOT the Gospel of Jesus Christ! That is PRIDE. The same sin of Satan.
God is calling them out in Revelation 3 so that they can be saved by entering His rest. They are looking at their works, thinking they are spiritually rich, instead of God’s grace! Yet they are the opposite; having a large sin debt that keeps on growing and heading for the Great White Throne judgment. God does not want you to go there! That is why Jesus came and paid the debt of sins for us. Those that believe this are 100% forgiven. But believing right matters!
The hot, cold and lukewarm theme to this church of believers becomes clear:
HOT: Hot water is very useful. It cooks..cleans. A hot drink is refreshing. Drink coffee anyone? A hot shower.
COLD: Cold water is very useful. Nice cold drink of water gives life and is refreshing. Sometimes a cold shower is useful.
LUKEWARM: What about lukewarm water? Ever drink a bottle of lukewarm water? Yuck! Spew it out!! It is pretty useless for anything actually.
“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.” (Revelation 3: 14-21 KJV)
Here we see Jesus tells them to REPENT which in the Greek it was penned means ‘change your mind’. This word repent is used throughout the New Testament and 99% of the time it is used in the context of an unbeliever, who turns to belief in Christ alone for their Salvation by the accomplished work of Christ shedding His blood on the cross, paying for the sins of the WHOLE WORLD (1 John 2:2) and having their own sin debt paid for in full by belief on Christ alone (John 3:18, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Ephesians 2:8-9 and many more).
Also, when a believer accepts Christ by believing in Christ alone for Salvation, where is Christ? Is Christ living inside the believer? Yes, Ephesians 1:13-14 tells us that the Holy Spirit dwells in and seals the person for eternal Salvation. But here in Revelation 3, we see Christ is OUTSIDE the person’s heart and knocking on the door, asking to let Christ in. And that happens only by BELIEF on Christ. (John 3:14-18)
There are people that outright reject God entirely. There are those that reject Jesus. But there are those that seek God using externals, hiding away their own wretchedness and nakedness before God. They go to church services thinking it is the way to please God and be forgiven. They say prayers even but they have never understood that Salvation is not of ourselves in any manner. It is only by belief on what Christ did on the cross 2000 years ago. Salvation is not by good works, being a good person, religious rituals, or doing more good than evil. ( Ephesians 2:8-9) That is not the Gospel of Christ crucified. That is doing the same as the Jews living under the Old Covenant. Apostle Paul calls this the Ministration of death and condemnation (2 Corinthians 3:7-9)
Jesus tells these people to REPENT and believe on Him alone for Salvation, not relying on their self righteousness. Jesus says.. come as you are! Salvation is HIS WORK ALONE! He can MAKE you Holy.
“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.”
Who is it that overcometh? John, the writer of Revelation by what he was told to write down is the same John that wrote,
“4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even OUR FAITH. 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that BELIEVETH that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4-5 KJV)
Do not go through rituals nor believe it is your works that save you without being saved! Jesus gave a very strong warning against that in Matthew 7 (see article here).
Where you will spend Eternity is at stake!
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