Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Inside or out?

The book of Revelation contains letters from the Lord to seven churches that existed in Asia Minor, present day Turkey, at the time of John's writing. Bible scholars agree that the counsel contained in these messages has application to God's people today. Further, some see these churches as representative of Christ's church down through history with the last one, Laodicea, being the church of this present time before the second coming of Christ.

Jesus' expressed marked concern for this lukewarm church. "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" Revelation 3:16, 17. When we consider the spiritual status of Christ's church at this present time in history, these words seem to be quite a match. We could conclude that the entire problem of this age is being poor, blind, and naked.

These are obvious problems for which Jesus provided answers. "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 3:18.

It is as we read further that we discover the root cause for all these Laodicean problems. Notice what Jesus tells us in verse 20. "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." If He is knocking to be allowed in, it is because He is on the outside of the heart's door. As we allow Jesus an entrance and full authority in our life, we will readily take advantage of the much needed "gold, white raiment, and eyesalve." If you have not yet done so, open your heart's door and let Jesus come in right now.

Kathryn Irizarry is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.






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