Sunday, November 2, 2014

"Eye Salve" -- Humility, Repentance

Rev.3:18 reads;
"I counsel you to buy (Ec.5:4) from Me gold refined in the fire (Ps.51:10; Zech.13:9; Prov.17:3; Mal.3:3; Jer.23:29; Job 23:10), that you may be rich (Matt.6:20; Mal.3:10; Prov.10:22; Eph.1:3) and white garments (Rev.19:8), that you may be clothed (Col.3:14; Zech.3:3,4,5,6,8) (Matt.23:26; Rev19:8), that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed (Gen.2:25; 3:5,6,7,10,11,21; Isa.47:3; Eze.16:37; Nahum 3:5; Rev.17:16; Rom.8:13; Gal.6:8; 5:17; Jer.2:20; Rev.17:2)
and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see." What "eye salve" does Jesus offer the seven congregations, which can cure their spiritual blindness?
A salve is usually an ointment, made with oil.
Olive oil is a scriptural symbol for Holy Spirit.
         (Several bible translations say "sons of oil": sons of oil)
          English Revised Version:
          "Then said he, These are the two sons of oil,
           that stand by the Lord of the whole earth." (Zech.4:14)
 (Isa.61:1; Zech.4:12,14; Rom.8:14,15; Matt.25:4)
When our "eye" is cleansed by means of it, we see clearly (Matt.6:22; 1Cor.6:11).
Yet there is another "eye salve" from Christ, which we must accept during the Great Tribulation, in order to see truth.
Jesus makes it, himself. When we examine it's ingredients, we learn what is required on our part.

"As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which when translated, means "Sent"). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?" He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.” Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes." (John 9:5,6,7,10,11,14)

The necessary eye salve Jesus makes, consists of his own spit,
and the dust of the ground.
Without accepting that both must be applied to our own perceptions, we will not recover sight.
What does it mean, to have Christ's spit on our perceptive powers?
Christ tells us.
"So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth." (Rev.3:16) (This is in the same context as Rev.3:18, being just two verses previous.)

Jesus spits when he is unsatisfied with our spiritual perspective and perception, and the rotten fruit / teachings that spring from them. During the Great Tribulation, our teaching should be "hot" or "cold" (Rev.3:15). During this time of rebellion by the people of God, His messengers should be reflecting God's castigating truths, of either "hail" (cold), or "fiery coals" (hot) 

12            From the brightness before Him,
         His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire.
13 The Lord thundered from heaven,
And the Most High uttered His voice,
Hailstones and coals of fire."
(Psalm18:12,13; Matt.10:20)
(Ps.105:32; 147:17; Isa.28:17; 30:30; 32:19; Eze.38:22; Rev.8:7)
If we consider ourselves God's witnesses, but we are not accepting and declaring God's castigating rebuke to His Nation, then we are in a defective and deficient condition of blindness (Rev.3:16).
We must accept the reality of our actual standing, with Christ (Rev.3:17,2,15).
If we don't accept his "eyesalve", we will remain blind (Rev.3:18; John 9:6).
If we are drunk, asleep, and unresponsive as to the spiritual reality of our circumstances; 
we wallow in a "lukewarm" passive apathy, 
and false sense of security.
But the consequence of that spiritual blindness, puts us in a worse condition that just blindness....

"These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead." (Rev.3:1)
Those "dead" who "sleep in the ground", are dust (Ec.3:20; 12:7; Ps.103:14).

Our lives are totally dependent upon God's spirit (Ps.104:29; Rev.4:11).
Many who claim to be of God, have forgotten this.
They do not realize, that without God's spirit, they are dead.
To awaken from this lukewarm condition, is to see the truth.
For some, this "awakening to truth" will vindicate the life they chose. 
For others, it will expose their shameful nakedness.
(Rev.20:12,13; 6:8; Dan.12:2; John 5:26,27,28,29; Matt.25:46; Eze.37:11,12).

To be cured of our blindness, which is an arrogant assumption that we are "living" in God's sight, despite our having lost His approval and blessing of spirit,
requires the other ingredient in Christ's "eyesalve".
We must accept that we are as good as dust, and without earning the approval of God and Christ, we are dead.
When we fully grasp our dependence upon God's spirit, and realize we need to repent and work to regain it (Rev.3:2,3);
we will "see".

Once we awaken and do realize these things,
what should we do?
We should "wash" in "the Pool of Siloam” (which when translated, means "Sent"). (John 9:7; 13:20)
(Eph.5:25,26,27; Luke 11:28; Rev.1:3; 22:1,2,17; John 15:3,4; 13:8; Heb.10:22)

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