Slippage

Morning

I was asked a little while ago “why do so many people simply not believe the Bible when it is jammed packed full of evidence that it can be believed”?

Well, Scripture itself hints that even those who do believe this Holy Book will slip away as we near the second coming of Christ. So, sadly, although we continue to press on and witness to the truth, we should not be surprised that many simply turn a deaf ear but at the same time be excited that this is another proof that Jesus is soon to return.

Revelation chapter 3 verses 15 to 17 says this about the church as it looks forwards to our day – yes, another prophesy! “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing”—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— “

Sadly, this is the direction that the church is prophesied to move as the end approaches. A fairly close parallel exists between the Laodicean and Ephesian conditions. Laodiceans are essentially without a proper feeling for God and His truths, and it has reached the point where they feel as though they no longer need them.

None of this means, though, that Laodiceans are lazy people. They are rich and increased with goods, and people do not become wealthy by sitting on their hands. Revelation 3 suggests that their strong feelings and vigour are for the wrong things, and certainly not godly things. Therefore, they are without proper convictions concerning the things of God. They are apathetic, drifting, and spiritually blind. How difficult is it for a blind person to navigate through a world loaded with obstacles of all kinds? They must step very gingerly for fear of running into things, and undoubtedly, they would run into things.

The Laodicean is not making progress toward the Kingdom of God. He has stopped and in many cases—just like the Ephesians—he is sliding backwards. He must overcome his apathy for the things of God and begin to care deeply for the things he claims to believe. Is this a picture of me? Is it a picture of you?

Have a good week

Mark

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