That thou mayest
Permission to enter into all that the Lord has for you has been granted us…..why do we wait?
Revelation 3:18 “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and the at the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”
I counsel thee….that thou mayest be other than you are. Do we want the spiritual riches of Christ? The gold, the white raiment, and to see.
The Lord looks on the heart….and He see us:
Revelation 3:17 “Because thou sayest, 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:”
Simply what we say we are…..we are not.
So Christ….the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God….says: “I counsel thee”….it is very personal counsel He is giving.
And we will start with the last thing….the eyesalve….for we believe. It is the one thing needful to change the rest.
Now just what is this eyesalve we are to use?
(Notice, that the Lord counsels to buy the gold, and the white raiment….but the eyesalve we are just to use. Therefore it must be something we have already….and can use, if we would)
We believe the eyesalve is the ointment of honesty….as in “the honest and good heart” which is the only ground that brings forth fruit.
Luke 8:15 “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.”
Anyone can get honest….though it is not a characteristic of natural man….
….but spiritual honesty comes from yielding to the Holy Spirit’s searching.
If we will take the time before God to get honest we will see.
Praying about the church, my husband received….
“That any Laodicean that would get a good look at their own heart….would do something about it.”
If we get honest with God and let Him show us the truth about our hearts and lives, then….we have applied the eyesalve and are ready to….
….buy of Me…”white raiment that thou mayest be clothed….and the shame of thy nakedness do not appear.”
When we are truly born again, we receive the white robe of Christ’s righteousness.
But many will have Christ for me….without willing to have Christ formed in me.
To have Christ save them from hell….but not have Christ save them from sin.
The white robe of Christ’s righteousness makes us pure…..not just in the sight of God,….but in practical life….so you will have this righteousness being worked out in obedience to Christ.
Ephesians 4:22-24 “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
That ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
Put off….put on….this you must do that “the shame of thy nakedness do not appear.”
And this you do by willing with Him to refuse the old ways, and yield to the Holy Spirit in the new ways.
Then “buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich”.
In the Bible, gold speaks of God. Tried in the fire…is pure gold…with all the dross consumed.
Psalm 45:13-14 “The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.
She shall be brought unto the King in raiment of needlework:…”
Here is described, I believe, a picture of the true church, bought to her King at the marriage supper of the Lamb.
And how is she dressed? In white raiment interwoven with gold. This is how we will be seen….glorious, because clothed with the purity of Christ,…having put off our old man….
…with gold threads of needlework, interwoven into her garment….gold, tried in the fire to manifest God in our lives. (Revelation 19:7-8)
It is not Christ for me,….without Christ being formed in me….and He is the true gold…riches of life. As we are less of us, we are more of Him.
There are many instances of “tried in the fire”.
(Of course we think of the three Hebrew young men who stood and said to Nebuchadnezzar…..”O king, whether our God saves us or not….we know He can….and we will not bow down to your image.” They were thrown into the furnace alone, but One like unto the Son of God was seen with them.
And we think of the trials David went through before he truly became king….because of murderous Saul chasing him, to kill him. All of which he came through, though with some failures….God was faithful…and kept him.
And the trials our Lord went through here on earth. The sin and sickness the Lord of Life saw.
Those that sought to catch Him in HIs speech….or those that finally betrayed Him….and every beating, and mocking, that He went through.)
And now it is our turn….for all who will “see” ourselves in honesty, and have Christ formed in us by the trials of our life…
….we have trials…and yes persecutions, we all have to go through.
But we have the great promise of His Kingly Presence and authority….if we will.
Revelation 3:21 “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.”
Let us hear for ourselves, His permission to come and get all He has for us….and then step out in faith, and overcome….to see, be clothed in righteousness and obedience, and have all the riches of Christ in our lives.