Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

The Faithful and True Witness

Revelation 3:14 “And unto the angel of the Laodiceans write;  these things saith the Amen,  the faithful and true witness,  the beginning of the creation of God.”

This is Jesus Christ.  He is seen here as the Amen:  the only One who can say “Let it be.”

He is also seen as the beginning of the creation of God:  before the Godhead created,  God the Father and God the Son made an Everlasting Covenant. 

(For they saw all that would happen to their Creation in the rebellion and fall of the devil,  and the fall of Adam.)

That Everlasting Covenant was the agreement that the Son of God would come as man, in the fullness of time (Galatians 4:4-5), and pay the full ransom price for those that would be saved,  that God the Father promised Him.

Jesus Christ is also seen as the faithful and true witness;  and this is what we are going to deal with here.

(It is interesting to note:  that in these three names for the Lord Jesus, it is His Word that is stressed.   

In Amen,  it is future.     In the faithful and true witness, it is present.  And in the beginning of the creation of God, it is past.    All are His Word,  for He is the Word.   John 1:1-3)

Now a witness states the facts;  nothing more.

He tells what He sees and what He knows to be true.

So Jesus tells us what He sees in this church;  the last of the church ages before it is raptured. (taken up to heaven. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

And what does the Lord see in His last church?

Revelation 3:15-16 “I know thy works,  that thou art neither cold or hot:  I would thou wert cold or hot.

                                   So then because thou art lukewarm,  and neither cold or hot,  I will spue thee out of my mouth.”

He sees that we are lukewarm.   Neither cold or hot,  but just natural body temperature.   

If we were cold,  we would see and feel the deadness of our spiritual life and do something about it.

If we were hot,  we would be what He wants:  zealous from “zeto” or boiling hot,  and He would bless us.

But we are just normal body temperature,  or lukewarm.   We feel no coldness,  so think we are alright.

Yes, we are not as “alright” as maybe we should be;   But we’re OK.   We will make it to heaven,  and that is all that matters,  right?

But to the Lord,  who is outside of this church,  it is not OK, or alright.

It is all wrong.

For our religion is a relationship to Jesus Christ:  a love relationship.

Yes, we come as sinners to a Savior, to be born again.

But then, after being born again, we begin a great journey:  with Christ.

It is the journey of our lives in a love relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Are there difficulties, or troubles?  Yes.  Are there joys, and peace?  Yes. And all is with Christ Jesus.)

And here, as the faithful and true witness,  Jesus Christ says,  “You are acting toward me as you were in your natural state:  indifferent,  neither seeking Me, nor outwardly rejecting Me,  just indifferent to My words, and My call.

It is as if you do not need to hear Me.”

And why are we indifferent?

Revelation 3:17 “Because thou saith, I am rich,  and increased with goods,  and have need of nothing;         and knowest not that thou art wretched,  and miserable,  and poor,  and blind,  and naked:”

Perhaps we have forgotten, that the riches that we have,  are in Christ Jesus.  We are taught to pray for our daily bread,  which shows how much we have need of Him, each and every hour of every day.

When He gives us promises, or experiences of success, it is so we may bring them back and lay them at His feet in praise and thankfulness;    not hang on to them, and make ourselves “rich” in our own eyes, or in the eyes of others.

We get to thinking, “We have need of nothing.  We are great.”  

But when we do this, the spirituality we’re gaining,  turns to natural pride, and selfishness;  for we have forgotten the basic principal of following the Lord:

Matthew 16:24 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples,  If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

We are actually becoming “wretched”,  as Paul exclaimed in:

Romans 7:24 “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”

And when this happens, and we do not “see” it (we do not want to see ourselves),  then all the rest happens, as well.

Miserable (how can you be joyful, without God’s active Presence)

Poor (for your true riches are in Christ:  In Him is our portion)

Blind (when we refuse to see, we are blind)

Naked (the only “garment” of righteousness that is acceptable to God is Christ’s righteousness applied to us,  and then worked out through us)

What to do?

First,  turn your eyes back to Jesus.  And ask for sight.

2 Corinthians 4:6-7 “For God,  who commanded the light to shine out of darkness,  hath shined in our hearts,  to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

                                     But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,  that the excellency of the power may be of God,  and not of us.”

Isaiah 45:22 “Look unto Me,  and be ye saved,  all the ends of the earth:  for I am God,  and there is none else.”

Second,  look to yourselves, to repent (repent means to turn around.  Since we are obviously going contrary to God,  turn around and get in step with Him again.)

Revelation 3:19 “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:  be zealous therefore, and repent.”

2 John 8 “Look to yourselves,  that we lose not those things which we have wrought,  but that we receive a full reward.”

And all this begins with “hear My Voice”. (He is the Word!    Halleluia, that He is still speaking to us!)

Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

This “door” that we open is the door of our lives.   A life open to and receptive to Him.

Hear, and Live.   Look at Him, and Live.

Our relationship to Jesus is our life as Christians.   

How do we stand in it?

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