C.H. Spurgeon

Sinners, let me address you with words of life; Jesus wants nothing from you, nothing whatsoever, nothing done, nothing felt; he gives both work and feeling. Ragged, penniless, just as you are, lost, forsaken, desolate, with no good feelings, and no good hopes, still Jesus comes to you, and in these words of pity he addresses you, "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out."

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Lukewarm Spue

The Scripture: Revelation 3:15-16

15 - I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 - So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

These verses are concerning the works of “the church of the Laodiceans”.

I have heard two teachings concerning these verses, but both agree that being lukewarm is not where one who claims to be a Christian should find themselves.

[1] I have heard it said (summarized to my understanding) to be [hot] is to be on fire for God with a witnessing testimony, to be [cold] is to basically act as a lost person with no testimony, and to be [lukewarm] is to be wishy-washy with a hypocrite testimony that neither helps other Christians nor leads the lost world to Christ. The objection (I have heard) to this is that why would God want a Christian to be cold, as the phrase “I would thou wert cold or hot” is used in verse 15.

[2] I have heard it said (summarized to my understanding) to be [hot] or [cold] is to be useful to God (as water is useful in both states) as a good testimony. To be [lukewarm] again is to be no good for service but to bring reproach to the name of Christ.

How are we in the sight of God with our prayer, study, witness, and living?

How do we see ourselves today, right now: hot, cold, or lukewarm

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John Bunyan

To be saved is to be preserved in the faith to the end. 'He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.' (Mt. 24:13) Not that perseverance is an accident in Christianity, or a thing performed by human industry; they that are saved 'are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation.' (1 Pet. 1: 3-6) But perseverance is absolutely necessary to the complete saving of the soul…. He that goeth to sea with a purpose to arrive at Spain, cannot arrive there if he be drowned by the way; wherefore perseverance is absolutely necessary to the saving of the soul.