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Neither Hot nor Cold

Laodicea

After revealing Himself to the saint in Laodicea, Jesus proceeds to say, “I know your deeds, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

Please read the first blog I wrote on this subject here.

Self-sufficiency deeds!

I do not believe that being neither hot nor cold has anything to do with your zeal for the Lord. Jesus promised salvation to anyone who believes in Him regardless of their physical conditions. Jesus did not save you because you were hot, neither are you rejected because you are cold. If you look at the passage carefully you will see that Jesus’ desire is for you to be either hot or cold. Hot water has it uses and so does chilly water.

Think about it. When it is freezing outside you look for hot water to make something hot and soothing. In hot weather you look for water that is cold and refreshing. So, both hot and cold are good, pleasing, and acceptable conditions. The problem is that they thought their deeds, their wealth, fame, status, and ability made them impressive and self-sufficient. It is this self-sufficiency that Jesus refers to as being lukewarm, which simply means their deeds were of no value or effect in the things that pertain to the kingdom of heaven.

Spit you out!

Using a phrase like, “I will spit you out of My mouth,” is an aggressive expression Jesus is using to get their attention. Just like a parent that needs to use a stronger tone of voice when their kids don’t want to listen. No parent disciplining their child does so with the intent of throwing them out into the abyss of endless gloom and doom if they don’t listen. How much more protective and loving towards you is your heavenly Father? This is simply a figure of speech and not a literal vomit!

However, now that Jesus has your attention, He becomes personal. This is between Him and you, no one else, no demons, no angels, nothing in all of creation participates in this time of intense correction and discipline (or training in righteousness). And what is the issue?

Words! Words! Words! It is what you say! It is all about your WORDS!

Power and Authority

How amazing is the Lord that He would get so “in your face” because of the eternal plans and purposes He has for you? He wants you sitting on His throne with Him and will do whatever it takes to get you to think and act correctly.

Imagine how important you are to Him that He would go to such great lengths to get your attention and to teach and train you so that He can elevate you to this incredibly exalted position of power an authority.

He is on a mission and that mission is YOU!

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