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APATHY

December 8, 2016

Thursday

 

Revelation 3:16 

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

 

LESSON

The Lord’s “spitting” His people “out of His mouth” does not mean they would lose their salvation. The Scriptures nowhere teach this possibility. This simply indicates His intense disgust. Jesus did not mean that He would rather that we be spiritually cold than that we be spiritually lukewarm, either. He did mean that He would rather we be spiritually refreshing or healthful, as cold or hot water are, rather than that we be spiritually bland, as lukewarm water is.

Laodicea is the type of a self-complacent Church. Underneath the condemnation of luke-warmness there is a yet more heart-searching lesson. Lukewarmness itself is the sure result of self-complacency; it is absolutely impossible for self-complacent men to be other than lukewarm. If we grasp this truth we get below symptoms of a grave and conspicuous evil in Churches to its very source; we reach the heart and display its hidden weakness and woe. Perhaps, also, we shall find the way of deliverance; many a man is lukewarm, and he knows not why.

Memory Verse: Ephesians 4:19

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