[SW430] 05/09/2020 message notes by
Pastor Susan J. Wynn
“The Lukewarm Church”
Texts: Revelation 3:14-22, etc.
Today’s so-called church is filled with infants in Christ (1Corinthians 3:1) who are lukewarm. It is a perilous condition! Unless they repent, He will vomit them out of His mouth! You must understand that if He vomits them out, they will no longer be in Him!
Why are they lukewarm? What must they do, in order to burn with Jesus Christ’s love and zeal? He will tell you, in His letter to the lukewarm church at Laodicea.
Verse 14 —
“To the angel (pastor) of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning (Chief, Commencer) of the creation of God, says this:”
Jesus Christ is the “Amen,” the One who proved the Father’s promises and warnings to be true. He was and is faithful to speak only the truth. He is the Truth (John 14:6), and when He walked upon the earth He was the exact and true representation of the Father. And He is the Creator through whom all creation began, at His Father’s command —
Hebrews 1:2-3 (God) in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power . . .
Why does He identify Himself in this way to the church at Laodicea? It is because they have chosen to believe false teaching that says Jesus Christ is not who He says He is. As a result, the infants at Laodicea have gone so far astray that Jesus Christ is no longer among them!
It is the same, among the infants in Christ in today’s so-called church. They are taught another Jesus (2Corinthians 11:4), one who is just like them, having all of their human flaws, and one who will therefore turn a blind eye to their continued sin! False teachers even go so far as to teach that He is not the only Truth, not the only Way, not the only Life (John 14:6), and approve of the theory called evolution, rejecting Him as Creator!
Verses 15-16 —
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.”
Both Laodicea’s leaders and members are lacking! He knows their deeds — nothing is hidden from the eyes of Him with whom we have to do (Hebrews 4:13).
What are their deeds?
They are not cold. They are not unbelievers.
They are not hot. They are not baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire, so they are not zealous for Him. Therefore, they do not earnestly, vigorously, enthusiastically and passionately follow Him.
He wishes they were hot or cold. If they were cold, they would be part of the world system that defies God, and not believe in Him at all. Therefore, He would not be dishonored by their words and deeds.
If they were hot, they would honor Him in every way, obeying His commandments to stay (Luke 24:49) and wait (Acts 1:4-5) to be filled with the Holy Spirit. They would be ones through whom the world will believe that the Father sent the Son (John 17:21).
But they are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold. Laodicea was known for its lukewarm drinking water. The infants in the Laodicean church were as lukewarm as their water! Lukewarmness is always the result of following false teachers who teach another Jesus.
The infants at Laodicea are just like the infants in today’s church. They went through the motions of prayer and worship, but they were of no use at all to Him, for they had chosen to disobey His commandments to stay and wait. In defiance of His commandments, they chose to become captives of false teachers who taught another Jesus, and thus became captives of Satan himself.
Like today’s infants, the infants at Laodicea continually dishonored the One they called Lord. Their hearts were full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness (Matthew 23:27), because they chose to disobey His commandments to stay and wait. Had they obeyed, their sin nature would have been crucified (Galatians 5:24), their hearts would have been purified (Acts 15:9), and they would have been His witnesses, even to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).
They were lukewarm, as are today’s infants. And Jesus said this to them, and also says this to today’s infants — unless they repent, He will vomit them out of His mouth. They will no longer be in Him. There is no other way to interpret His vomiting them out of His mouth than this: they will lose their salvation.
Verse 17 —
“Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable (pitiful) and poor and blind and naked . . .”
He says the Laodicean infants are the opposite of how they see themselves! It is the same today, O infants! Laodicea was a prosperous city, from a natural perspective. So, the Laodicean infants considered themselves to be rich, wealthy, and not at all spiritually needy. They believed the false teaching that they had received everything they needed, when they believed in Jesus Christ.
So, He corrects them, and corrects the infants in today’s so-called church. They are poor, they are completely lacking, and are in an extreme state of need. Their disobedience of His commands to stay and wait reveals that they do not love Him (John 14:24).
Because they have not obeyed His commandments to stay and wait, they are spiritually wretched, like the man in Romans 7. They know what is right, but continually sin because they have not crucified their sin nature, with its lusts and desires (Galatians 5:24). They are slaves to sin (John 8:34).
Because they have not obeyed His commandments to stay and wait, their spiritual condition is pitiful, in His eyes. They completely lack what they spiritually need. They have no wisdom from God, and have chosen to leave themselves defenseless against Satan’s wiles. Satan has his way with them, dangling his bait and watching all the infants — from denominational leaders to those in the pews — snap it up!
Because they have not obeyed His commandments to stay and wait, they are spiritually poverty-stricken, destitute beggars in His eyes! They have not been filled with the Holy Spirit. Therefore, they cannot be ones through whom the world will know that the Father sent the Son.
Because they have not obeyed His commandments to stay and wait, they are “blind” — inflated with self-conceit. They ignore those who exhort and warn them about their spiritual condition. Instead, they boast in themselves and all of their natural accomplishments. I testify that I hear it as I encounter infant pastors and the infants they lead.
Because they have not obeyed His commandments to stay and wait, they are spiritually naked. They are not clothed with power from on high! They should be embarrassed by their powerlessness, but their pride blinds them to their nakedness.
Many tell me there is no need to be clothed with power on high after you believe, claiming that you receive everything when you are baptized in water! Because of this false belief that is completely contrary to the Word of God, they remain naked and powerless!
Verse 18 —
“(because of your spiritual condition) I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve (plaster) to anoint (smear upon) your eyes so that you may see.”
Many peoples flocked to Laodicea to buy its beautiful linens and eye salve. But the Laodicean infants, and the infants in today’s so-called church, are naked and blind. I will speak directly to today’s infants. All that you boast in and rely upon is nothing, in the kingdom of God.
Jesus Christ says He is the only Source for what He says you desperately need —
Gold refined in the fire — Baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire. He will purify your heart in a moment of time (Acts 15:9), crucifying your sin nature (Galatians 5:24), when you obey His commandments to stay and wait to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
White garments — Clothed with His power and purity. He will do it when you obey His commandments to stay and wait to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Eye salve (plaster) — In John 9:6, He made clay and smeared it over the eyes of the man born blind. He will apply spiritual plaster to your blind eyes, so your spiritual blindness is healed and you see His truth. He will do it when you stay and wait to be filled with His Spirit.
What is the cost, for what He says you must buy from Him? You must offer yourself as a living sacrifice, per Romans 12:1, and you must utterly detest and reject your life, so you gain His life (Matthew 16:25ff).
Verse 19 —
“Those whom I love (have affection for), I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.”
Jesus Christ has great affection for infants in Christ, but note that He does not say that He loves them with His divine love (agape). Why? They are disobeying Him! For that reason, He reproves and disciplines them, and sends Spirit-filled ones to exhort them to repent, and warn them of the consequences of their sin.
He disciplines His children! But if you are not disciplined by Him — if you say you have never been disciplined by Him at all, because God is love and that is all He is, so you continue to disobey Him — you are bastards, and not His children (Hebrews 12:6-8).
Therefore, He commands the infants at Laodicea — and today’s infants in the so-called church — to be zealous (that is, fervently, eagerly repent from their hearts) and repent! If they do not, He will vomit them out of His mouth. They will lose their salvation.
Verse 20 —
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.”
What appalling words He must speak to those who are supposed to be His church! He is not within the infants at Laodicea, nor is He present in the church at Laodicea. Instead, He is outside, standing at the door, knocking and speaking!
It is the same in today’s so-church that is filled with infants! He is not in them, nor is He in their buildings! How far the Laodicean infants and today’s infant-filled church have fallen from their saved position!
But He offers mercy to them! If any infant hears His voice and opens the door to Him — obeying His commandments to stay and wait to be filled with Himself, the Father and the Spirit, He will come into them! And He will dine with them, and they will dine with Him! He will seat them at His table, and He will converse with them, feeding them the truth of His Word!
I tell you the truth, until infants in the so-called church listen, hear and heed these words and act upon them, they will remain in their wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked spiritual condition! And they will continue to dishonor Him in every way! They will not be ready when He comes to judge, but will be found wanting by Him!
Verse 21 —
“He who overcomes (becomes victorious), I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”
Those who become victorious by obeying His commandments to stay and wait will reign with Him in His kingdom that is yet to come! And Paul writes that even now, those who are filled with the Spirit are seated with Him in the heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6)!
We who are Spirit-filled see Him, hear Him, and eat with Him, nourished by His words, for He and the Father and the Spirit fully indwell us! And we will yet be seated before His throne, worshiping Him forever (Revelation 4:4)!
Verse 22 —
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Do you have an ear to hear, beloved? Or have you chosen to plug your ears so you do not hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to you?
It is your choice. Will you remain in your pitiful spiritual condition, and be vomited out of His mouth? Or will you open your ears to hear, repent, and obey His commandments to stay and wait? I pray you repent and obey.
Lord Jesus, may there be ears to hear, among those who watch and listen to the message You have directed me to speak. Let it be so, I pray. Amen!