freaks" in Heaven?
The Bible has much to say about hanging on to
'things' or 'people'. There was a lot of materialism in
Laodicea.....there is a lot of materialism in present churches (nice
edifices and lots of programs for everyone cost MONEY). But here is
what John was told to write to the church at Laodicea about materialism
and who is in control of your life.
I advise you: BUY GOLD purified in fire FROM ME
For a church so involved in materialism (apparently from all
the wealth of the city), to ask them to "BUY" points an accusing finger
at them and says they don't have everything SPIRITUALLY. In fact, they
have just enough spiritualism to make them "lukewarm".
No good to just
buy the clothes....they had to put them on
- so that you may be rich.
The spiritual process of buying starts with repentance,
the turning over of one's self. Then one acquires GOD (Jesus = GOLD)
eternal riches (LIFE). The Word of God is solid GOLD - John
7:16-18. Then a transformation takes place - 2
Corinthians 3:17-18, a strengthening inside us - Ephesians
3:14-19, and a preparation for the trials sure to come - 1
- Buy WHITE CLOTHES from me.
- so that you may keep your shameful, naked body
Our SIN, unconfessed and unforgiven by the Lord, is our nakedness.
Only the white cloth of righteousness can hide our nakedness when we
it and put it on.
- Buy ointment to put on your eyes so that you may
Eye ointment helps with dry eyes, pink eye, and allergy control.
Symbolically, the ointment impedes the "dazzling splendor" of the
world's light (maybe that is why the eyes are dry?). The
devil can make material things look so good. But eye ointment has
that of healing. It opens understanding to the hope of our calling - Ephesians
1:18; it removes the world's blinders - 2
This verse indicates that the lukewarmness of Laodicea is
of Christians but rather the condition of not really knowing Christ.
may have accepted Him as their Savior BUT they have kept control of
life, i.e. haven't made Him their Lord.
The risks are very high to say you have accepted Christ
and yet be driven by riches (the love of money - 1
Timothy 6:3-10); to make it into the
kingdom becomes very difficult indeed (Matthew
19:16-30). Look at what Jesus said has to be given up (verse 29),
"And everyone who gave up HOMES, BROTHERS or SISTERS, FATHER, MOTHER,
CHILDREN, or FIELDS because of my name will receive a hundred times
more and WILL INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE." Wow, it looks like we have to give
up those closest and dearest to us, and to give up our 'THINGS' (Homes
and Fields). It is so difficult to do, I know.