Hi. continuing my series on Revelation 2&3 and looking at Jesus’ letter to the church in Laodicea.
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Revelation 3:18 ‘I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire so that you can become rich…’
There are several understandings to this rich verse and the following is just one of them.
Some commentators hold a forward-looking approach, suggesting that the refining fire mentioned here is the coming end-time tribulation. Those who remain true and do not renounce their faith, will be refined and purified by this tribulation.
1 Peter 1:6 ‘In this you rejoice, though now, for a little while, you may have had to face trials of many kinds. These trials come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour, when Jesus Christ is revealed.’
If we stand firm in our faith then we will come through the tribulation with honour.
Revelation 3 continues:
Revelation 3:18a ‘…and white clothes to wear, so that you can cover your shameful nakedness…’
Never take our salvation for granted.
In the end-times, our salvation will be at stake. The enemy will be looking for his harvest and will be pulling out all the stops to persuade us to renounce our faith. He will try all the deceptive means available to him, including false signs and wonders. We will need to be diligent in covering ourselves with the righteousness of Christ Jesus and stay firmly within the Lord’s presence. presence.
1 Thessalonians 5:8 ‘But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.’
And then Revelation 3 teaches:
Revelation 3:18b ‘..and salve to put on your eyes so that you can see.’
One possible understanding here is that we will need to keep our eyes firmly fixed upon the prize of eternal glory and not be tempted or lured by the deceptive promises of the enemy.
Philippians 3:14 ‘Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.’
We will need the vision of Simeon:
Luke 2:30 ‘For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel,’
Stand firm then, with the hope of salvation as a helmet!
I appreciate this is just one possible understanding of these rich verses.
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