[In Laodicea Jesus says: You are not heathens and you are not committed Christians, you are not good neither are you evil, you are not led away by false doctrine, nor totally addicted to the truth. In a word, you are listless and indifferent, and seem to care little whether heathenism or Christianity prevails.] “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. 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.” (Rev. 3:14-16) [You believe yourself to be in a safe state, very sure of final salvation, because you began well, and laid the right foundation…] “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.” (Rev. 3:17-18) [Come and freely receive from me faith that shall support you in every trial: just as gold is tried in the fire and comes forth pure! You must have pure and undefiled religion, and the grace which yields it, which is more valuable to the soul than the purest gold to the body.] “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.” (Rev. 3:20-21) [I bow my knees in prayer that you may not faint, but continue in the faith, I frequently pray to our Abba Father, who is our God and the Father of our Lord Jesus.] “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, SO THAT CHRIST MAY DWELL IN YOUR HEARTS THROUGH FAITH. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–THAT YOU MAY BE FILLED TO THE MEASURE OF ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD.” (Eph. 3:14-19)
Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that WE WILL BE FILLED TO THE MEASURE OF ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD!
I am back after a heart attack and having six stents installed to open clogged veins. Thank God I am well!!! The devil hates the word of God and the publishing of the glorious Gospel, but this is God’s calling on my life and by His grace I will continue to preach the word – Be blessed!!!
[The seven lamps we see in verse 12 represent the seven Churches, in which the light of God was CONTINUALLY SHINING, and THE LOVE OF GOD CONTINUALLY BURNING. And they are represented here as golden, to show how precious they were (and we are) in the sight of God. Jesus is standing in their midst, just as we would expect because our Abba Father said:] “…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Heb. 13:5) [Jesus is our high priest, even in heaven. He is still discharging the priestly functions before the throne of God as he CONSTANTLY watches over us, and at the same time is always WITH US!] “And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.” (Rev. 1:12-13) [This description John gives us was not only an symbol of his time immemorial, but it was the CONFIRMATION OF HIS GLORY; for the whiteness or glory of his head and hair doubtless proceeded from the rays of light and glory which surrounded his head, and darted from it in all directions.] “His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;” (Rev. 1:14) [His “eyes” signify his omniscience, and the all-penetrating nature of His Divine knowledge. JESUS KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US!] “And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.” (Rev. 1:15) [Jesus’ FEET, are shown as fine (burnished–polished) BRASS, as if they BURNED IN A FURNACE. BRASS is the SYMBOL of JUDGMENT as Jesus TREADS the ENEMIES OF THE GOSPEL under His feet. Multnomah Falls is a waterfall on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. Water falls 542 feet and then another 78 feet to the bottom. My wife and I used to love to visit and hike around the fall area, we would stand on a bridge at the 542 foot level and listen to the awesome sound as the water landed in the pool below, it must be like sound of the “voice of many waters!] “And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.” (Rev. 1:16) [An awesome description of our Lord and savior who will never leave us, who will never forsake us!] “For the WORD OF GOD is quick, and powerful, and SHARPER THAN ANY TWOEDGED SWORD… and is a discerner [recognize, or capture] of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12)
Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that GOD’S WORD IS ALIVE AND VERY POWERFUL EVERY DAY!
[Jesus says: I am from eternity to eternity, I am the destroyer as well as the creator of all things. John of course was writing in Greek, so he includes the whole Greek alphabet, of which Α alpha and Ω omega are the first and last letters.] “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev. 1:8) [I am your companion in tribulation, suffering under persecution along with you on the isle of Patmos, a small, rocky island belonging to the group called “Sporades,” in that part of the Aegean known as the Icarian Sea. Because of its rocky, barren and desolate nature the Roman government used the island as a place of banishment.] “I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 1:9) [We find a wonderful lesson in these verses for ourselves today. John would have been shipped out to Patmos – against his will – as a result of a decision made by unbelieving Governmental authorities. They sent him there “to get him out of the way” and to “teach him a lesson as to who has the last say.” Their authority did not bargain on the higher, greater authority of God in a Christian believer’s life! John turned the negative into a positive. Instead of life becoming somewhat one of despair, to the point of overwhelming him, he used those negative circumstances and that foreign place to continue his superb relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit.] “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia…” (Rev. 1:10-11) [If John could rise to such great heights in the Spirit in the midst of tribulation, suffering and despair, then surely we can too. When we are in the Spirit we are able to see, hear and know things. John received a revelation of Jesus Christ that was awesome. It was so clear and real that he was able to write it down so we are able to benefit from his experience!] “And he [Jesus] said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am ALPHA and OMEGA, the BEGINNING and the END. I WILL GIVE UNTO HIM THAT IS ATHIRST OF THE FOUNTAIN OF THE WATER OF LIFE FREELY.” (Rev. 21:5-6)
Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that JESUS IS THE FIRST AND LAST, THE BEGINNING AND THE ENDING TODAY!
[This revelation or discovery is what was concealed or hidden. It is said that this revelation, or discovery of hidden things, was given by our Abba Father to Jesus Christ; that Christ gave it to his angel; that his angel showed it to John; and that John sent it to the Churches.] “The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him TO SHOW HIS SERVANTS WHAT MUST SOON TAKE PLACE. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw–that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 1:1-2) [This seems to be a reference to the first chapter of John’s gospel which says:] “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and THE WORD WAS GOD.” [This is the Word John is bearing record about.] “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HEAR IT [that’s us today] and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” (Rev. 1:3) [Great joy is assumed to be upon the persons who, read and hear the prophecies of these things which are coming to pass shortly, and have taken proper measures to escape from the awaiting evils.] “…from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. TO HIM WHO LOVES US AND HAS FREED US FROM OUR SINS BY HIS BLOOD, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father–to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.” (Rev. 1:5-6) [Jesus is leading the way as the first-born from the dead; he being the first that ever resumed the natural life, with the provision of all its purposes, never more to enter the domain of death, after having died a natural death, and in such conditions that would prohibit the opportunity for deception.] “LOOK, HE IS COMING with the clouds,” and “EVERY EYE WILL SEE HIM, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen.” (Rev. 1:7). [EVERY EYE shall see him, the eye of his people, the eye of his enemies, every eye, and our eyes as well.” He shall come, to the fear of those who have pierced him and have not repented and of all those who wounded and crucified him afresh by their apostasy from him, and to the amazement of the pagan world.]
Be blessed as you praise The Lord, being ready BECAUSE EVERY EYE WILL SEE HIM ON THAT DAY!
[It is extremely essential for us to “embrace” the truth we have, we have been BLESSED TO RECEIVED, and actively struggle to “keep” that faith which, by our Lord Jesus Christ and his apostles, has been delivered to us!] “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should EARNESTLY CONTEND FOR THE FAITH which was once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 1:3) [This is called the common salvation because it EQUALLY BELONGS TO JEWS AND GENTILES; it is the saving grace of God WHICH HAS APPEARED TO EVERY MAN, and equally offers TO EVERY HUMAN BEING that redemption which has been provided for the whole world.] “For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.” (Jude 1:4) [Ungodly people make the grace and mercy of God a cover for wrongdoings; suggesting that we might sin safely if we believe the Gospel, because according to the Gospel GRACE ABOUNDS. But perhaps the goodness of God is here meant, for how could someone believe the Gospel IN ANY WAY, WHO DENIED THE LORD JESUS CHRIST; unless, their denial refers to this: that while they accepted Jesus as the promised Messiah, they denied him as the only LORD, SUPREME, AND RULER OF THE CHURCH.] “But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, by BUILDING YOURSELVES UP in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, KEEP YOURSELVES IN GOD’S LOVE as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ TO BRING YOU TO ETERNAL LIFE.” (Jude 1:17-21) [Remember, we must look for the Mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, to bring us to Eternal Life!]
Be blessed as you praise The Lord, being ready to BUILD YOURSELVES UP AND KEEP YOURSELVES IN GOD’S LOVE TODAY!
[We must be ready for the love of Christ, to promote one another’s welfare, both spiritual and temporal.] “Beloved, LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER: FOR LOVE IS OF GOD; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” (1 John 4:7) [Love: agapē that is, affection or compassion. Love that is NOT based on the lovingness of the individual we are to love! God loves people who willingly disobey and mock Him, as should we!] “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God IS love.” (1 John 4:8) [The NIV says:] “Whoever does not love DOES NOT KNOW GOD, because God IS love.” [If we CAN’T love one another then the WORD says we don’t KNOW God – because GOD IS LOVE!] “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that WE MIGHT LIVE THROUGH HIM. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10) [The mission of Jesus Christ was to provide the most positive proof THAT GOD COULD GIVE, or that we could receive, of his IMMEASURABLE LOVE FOR US.] “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to [HAVE TO] love one another.” (1 John 4:11) [We must love one another for God’s sake; and then, no unkind attitude of a brother would make us withdraw our love from him; for if we have God for our purpose and example, IT WILL NEVER FAIL.] “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. THIS IS HOW WE KNOW THAT WE LIVE IN HIM AND HE IN US: He has given us of his Spirit.” (1 John 4:12-13) [We defiantly feel him, though we cannot see him; and IF we love one another HE LIVES IN US, and his love is perfected in us – love has then made its full achievement, having formed us according to HIS OWN NATURE because:] “…GOD IS LOVE.”
Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing IF WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER, GOD LIVES IN US AND HIS LOVE IS MADE COMPLETE IN US TODAY!
[Our vile bodies shall be just like his glorious body; WE SHALL SEE HIM AS HE IS, in all the glory and majesty both His Divine and human nature.] “Dear friends, now WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM, for we shall see him AS HE IS.” (1 John 3:2) [All of us who have this hope of seeing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, AS HE REALY IS; enjoying him in HIS OWN GLORY; WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE STAY PURE and that we abstain from all evil, and keep ourselves from all evil that is in the world, the lusts of the flesh, of the eye, and the pride of life. God having purified our hearts, it is our business to KEEP OURSELVES IN THE LOVE OF GOD, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.] “This is how we know who the CHILDREN OF GOD are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor IS ANYONE WHO DOES NOT LOVE THEIR BROTHER AND SISTER.” (1 John 3:10) [God made of us all of ONE BLOOD to dwell upon the face of the whole earth TOGETHER, so all are ONE FAMILY; and consequently all of us are brothers and sisters, and SHOULD LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS BROTHERS AND SISTERS.] “We know that we have passed from death to life, BECAUSE WE LOVE EACH OTHER. Anyone who does not love REMAINS IN DEATH.” (1 John 3:14) [Our Abba Father has delivered us from the power of darkness, and transformed us into the kingdom of the Son of God! We have left that kingdom of oppression, desolation, and anguish, and have come over to the kingdom of life, whose king is the Prince and Author of life; where all is liberty, prosperity, and happiness; where life and love are universally predominant, and DEATH AND HATRED CANNOT ENTER.] “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And WE OUGHT TO LAY DOWN OUR LIVES FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.” (1 John 3:16)
Be blessed as you praise The Lord, being ready TO LAY DOWN OUR LIVES FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS TODAY!
[IT IS IN OUR BEST INTEREST TO BE REMINDED THAT EVERYTHING WE HAVE IS A GIFT FROM GOD. Without gratefulness, we become arrogant and self-centered. We begin to believe that we have achieved everything on our own. Thankfulness keeps our hearts in right relationship to the Giver of all good gifts!] “EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT IS FROM ABOVE, coming down from the Father…” (James 1:17) [THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE ALWAYS GO TOGETHER. We cannot adequately praise and worship God without also being thankful. Feeling and expressing appreciation is good for us. Like any wise father, God wants US TO LEARN to be thankful for all the gifts He has given us.] “Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER.” (Psalm 106:1) [Our Abba Father loved us when we did not know Him, He loves us now and His love will ENDURE FOREVER.] “…give thanks IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES; FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS FOR YOU.” (1 Thess. 5:18) [We do not necessarily know just what God is doing in our lives, sometimes we go through something we may not enjoy, but God always knows what is best for us!] “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER.” (Psalms 107:1, 118:1, 29 136:31 Chronicles 16:34)
Be blessed as you praise The Lord, giving thanks IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES; FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS FOR YOU!
[If we keep the commandments of God, loving him with all our heart, and loving our neighbor (our near ones) as ourselves, we have THE UNQUESTIONABLE PROOF that we have the true saving knowledge of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ.] “We know THAT WE HAVE COME TO KNOW HIM if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: WHOEVER CLAIMS TO LIVE IN HIM MUST LIVE AS JESUS DID.” (1 John 2:3-6) [He who not only confesses to know Christ, but also has intimacy with him, and abides in his favor, should prove the truth of this profession by WALKING AS CHRIST WALKED; living a life of dedication and submission to God, and of compassion and kindness to his neighbor. This is how Jesus walked; and he has left us an example THAT WE SHOULD FOLLOW HIS STEPS.] “…Anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because THE DARKNESS HAS BLINDED THEM.” (1 John 2:11) [This person is still in their unconverted state; and walking in darkness, their conduct being proof of that state; and that person does not know where they are going, having no accurate knowledge of God or eternal things.] “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father IS NOT IN THEM. For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–COMES NOT FROM THE FATHER BUT FROM THE WORLD. The world and its desires pass away, but WHOEVER DOES THE WILL OF GOD LIVES FOREVER.” (1 John 2:15-17) [The Holy Spirit saw it essential to caution us against the love of the world, the unreasonable desire of earthly things. Covetousness is the main vice for all mankind: fathers, love not the world. The things which are in the world, its profits, pleasures, and honors, have the strongest temptations for our youth; so, young men, little children, and babes, LOVE NOT THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD. LET OUR HEARTS BE FAITHFUL TO GOD as we have chosen Him to be our Abba Father!]
Be blessed as you praise The Lord, WHOEVER DOES THE WILL OF GOD LIVES FOREVER!
[Let God be magnified – Let his glory, mercy, and kindness, constantly appear in the intensification of his own work IN OUR SOULS!] “…may all who seek you REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN YOU; may those who long for your saving help always say, “THE LORD IS GREAT!” (Psa. 70:4) “In you, LORD, I HAVE TAKEN REFUGE; let me never be put to shame. IN YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, RESCUE ME AND DELIVER ME; turn your ear to me and save me. Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for YOU ARE MY ROCK AND MY FORTRESS. Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel. For you have been my hope, Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth.” (Psa. 71:1-5) [You Abba Father have given commandment to save us – You have determined our escape, and have ordered your angels to guard us.] “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” (Psa. 91:11-12) [Evil spirits may attempt to injure us; but they will not be able. The angels of God shall have the responsibility to go along with us, defend us, and preserve us; the influence of evil spirits CANNOT PREVAIL AGAINST US. These angles of God, turn our steps out of the way of danger; the will ward it off when it comes in our path; and minister to us as a child of God, and as inheritors of salvation.] “How great are your works, LORD, how profound [thoughtful are] your thoughts!” (Psa. 92:5) [How great are thy works! – They are innumerable, astonishing, and marvelous: and YOUR THOUGHTS ARE VERY INSIGHTFUL – so profound as not to be understood by our human understanding, but how we greatly appreciate each of your thoughts toward us!]
Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that IN YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS ABBA FATHER, YOU WILL RESCUE US AND DELIVER US TODAY!