Sunday, September 15, 2013

"Lukewarm", "Hot" or "Cold"? // "vomit"

At Rev.3:15,16 Jesus said to his anointed Congregation...
"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."

"Heat" symbolizes zeal for truth (Rom.12:11; Acts 18:25). 
         [That zeal can exist, but be misguided (Rom.10:2; Acts 21:20; Rom.9:31; 10:3). 
          This can happen to the anointed, when they are looking at establishing their own 
          righteousness; by rituals, traditions, arrangements, and commands of men; 
          rather than seeking the righteousness of God, through submission and 
          obedience to Him (Matt.6:33; 7:21; Rom.2:29). 
          This mistake results in stumbling (Rom.9:32,33; Matt.11:6).
          That stone is Christ (Isa.28:16; 8:14; Matt.7:24; 21:42; Rom.9:33; Zech.3:9) 
          as well as his "seven horns/kings" who possess those seven "eyes"...
          (Rev.5:6; Joshua 4:3,8,20,21,22,23; Isa.43:2; Rev.12:16) 
          (...those "seven" who belong to the remnant of the 12 tribes -Rev.7:4,14; 8:2; Zech.3:8,9).]
When one has such zeal according to accurate knowledge, it is naturally expressed through
one's mouth (Luke 6:45; Prov.4:23; John 7:38,16). Expressions/teachings based upon this hot zeal for truth, will be as fire (Jer.5:14; Rev.11:5; Hosea 6:5; James 1:11; Rev.16:8,9; Mal.4:1; 2Pet.3:7,12). Words based on confusion and untruth (Luke 6:45,44), will have to be given back... vomited back up, from both those who offered, and sampled them (Prov.23:1,3,8; Matt.12:36; Luke17:7-8). Christ rejects the teachings of that steward who has fed him untruths, when he comes for his inspection (Prov.23:20; Matt.24:49; Isa.28:7-8; Micah 2:11; Rev.13:11,8,7,10; Col.2:8). As we have seen, such proud false prophets, continually "flip-flop" in their doctrines (Prov.26:11-12; 25:16).
But those diligently teaching the little but genuine truth they have (Matt.25:14-15; 28:19-20), will be given more (Matt.25:23; 2Pet.3:2; 2Tim.1:13-14; Titus 1:9; Heb.10:23; Rev.3:3,11; Matt.25:4,10,29; Luke12:37).

The "fire" of God's truth (Jer.5:14), is an expression of Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4,3; Heb.1:7; Luke 3:16). To produce the "fruit of lips" sourced in this spirit/fire; we must remain in union with the giver of that spirit 
(Heb.13:15; John 15:5; 16:13; Luke 12:35; Rev.19:12; Dan.10:6).

How does all this connect to Jesus inspecting his anointed slaves, at Rev.3:15,16?
There he speaks of "tasting" the "deeds" of his slaves.
How is it that Jesus "tastes" the work of his Chosen Ones?
Note Luke 17:7,8.
Before the slaves of Christ may receive more spiritual provisions (Luke12:37; 22:27), they must themselves be providing provisions for Christ. This would mean that whatever "little" they have already receive (by listening to Christ) THEY ARE BUSY USING (Matt.5:14; Luke 12:35). This would be the basis for Christ to feed them more (Luke 19:26; 8:18; 12:35-36). This is what the Master expects from those who will receive more (Luke 16:10; Matt.25:23) (the opening of the seven-sealed scroll/marriage feast - 
Jesus expects his slaves to be busy serving spiritual food/light, previous to their being fed/given, more light/food. When a slave of Christ feeds Christ's sheep, they are also feeding Christ. 
How so?
The sheep-like members of Christ's body, are Christ's body (1Cor.12:27), just as a wife is one flesh with her husband (Mark 10:8) (1Cor.6:17). When they feed one another (Eph.4:11,12; 1Cor.10:17), they feed him (Luke 17:8).
Christ will come and test out the food his slaves are providing, as to whether it is fine or rotten (Matt.7:15-20; 16:27; 1Cor.3:13,14; Matt.12:33,36,37; Prov.18:21). 
If the deeds/product of a slave, is "hot" with the "fire" of spirit and truth, that fulfills the "wish" of Christ (Rev.3:15).
Upon Christ's return, he will inspect the deeds/provisions of his slaves. He will know if they are "hot", "cold" or "lukewarm".

What then about Jesus wishing that the "deeds" of his slave be "cold"?
While we know that a cold drink of living water refreshes even Christ (John 4:10; Matt.10:42; John 4:7; Ps.110:7);
Just how cold do the teachings of the final Chosen ones, need to be?
  In the time of the end, the war of Armageddon is raging between the angel-messengers of Christ and of Satan (Rev.12:7; 16:13,14,16; 17:14; 19:11,12,14,15). These are not peaceful spiritual conditions. Christ's charge is not gentle, but fierce in wrath and zeal (Ps.45:2,3,5,6; 97:3; Ps.50:3; Dan.7:10; Rev.19:15). Those following his direction in the final battle, imitate him.
How "cold" do the waters of truth coming from Christ's warriors need to be, during the storm of Armageddon? 
(Ps.83:15; 148:8; Prov.10:25; Jer.11:16; 25:32; 23:19; Eze.38:9; Nahum 2:4; 2Pet.2:17)
As cold and forceful as ice (Rev.11:19; 16:21; Job 38:22; Eze.13:13; Ex.9:22).

When Jesus wishes that the "deeds" of his slaves be decisively "hot" or "cold", he desires that they participate in the final denunciations 
(Isa.28:17; Ps.18:12; Rev.8:7; Eze.38:22; Ex.9:24; John 16:14,8; Mark 11:23; Rev.8:8).

What then of "lukewarm"? What makes this tepid offering repulsive to the King?
How do a slave's deed result in "lukewarm"?
What is "lukewarm"?
Is it not isothermic to it's surroundings? It is stagnant, comfortably conforming to whatever conditions surround it. Is it not weak/indecisive/unripe/lazy? (2Chron.13:7; Rev.6:13; James 1:6,7,8; Ps.119:113; James 4:8; 2Pet.3:16,17)
This would be a dire choice for a Chosen one (Mark 13:36; Rev.13:4,8,7; Eph.4:14; Rev.3:2,3; Prov.5:6; Matt.22:13).
We are not to "tolerate" false teachers who raise themselves over us (Rev.2:20; 2Cor.10:5; 1Cor.7:23; 2Cor.11:3,20; 2Thess.2:4,9; Rev.13:7,16), lest we fail to become sealed as slaves of God (Rev.9:10,4,5; Eze.2:6; Luke 10:19; Rev.14:1).
2Pet.2:13,1,2,3,12,17,15; Rev.2:14,16

So when we read Rev.3:15,16;
Let us be sure that our "deeds" are teachings fueled by spirit (1Thess.5:19);
and our waters of truth, as bold as "hail".
If we shrink back as conforming cowards, he has no delight in us 
(Lev.20:23; Heb.10:38; Rev.2:4; 3:15,16) (John 16:33; Ecc.5:4).
(encouraging song) (Eph.4:25)


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