Sunday, December 14, 2014

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER  15 (part 1 of 2)
L A O D I C E A
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And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans  write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 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: 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 that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 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. 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. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  Revelation 3:14-22
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God's exhortation to the church of Laodicea is a call of God to those who are Lukewarm in the faith.
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The name Laodicea means: "just people".  It is obvious by God's description that the Believers were falling short of being "just" in the sight of God. Jesus describes himself as all encompassing, His being the beginning, the standard of His life when He walked the earth (the faithful and true witness), and the One who not only said, "It is finished," but the One with whom God will complete His plan for man (the Judgment). Jesus is the Amen. v.14.
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The Greek word for "works" v.15 is in reference to physical labor, or occupation.  The population of the city prided themselves on their ability to get wealth, and being a hard working people.  The city had an abundance of gold.  God was not addressing this fact about them, for it was the spiritual condition of the heart He was interested in (obedience or disobedience),  "...thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." These believers were not working hard at developing a deep intimate relationship with God.
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Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.  1 Timothy 6:17-19
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God has no problem with our working hard and getting financial gain, He even encourages it; not only for personal financial gain, but also for the financial needs of others and the kingdom.
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And let ours also learn to maintain good works (occupation) for necessary uses (needs), that they be not unfruitful (pennyless).  Titus 3:14
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And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;  Colossians 3:23
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Hard work is encouraged even as a testament to the presence of God in our life, not only to co-workers but also to Management.   God also requires us to have respect for authority, not being loud, obnoxious, and argumentative, in all not behaving like an unconverted Sinner.

For years I questioned the statement "I would thou wert cold or hot."  I have come to the understanding that the troubling effect being lukewarm has on God, is that because these type of believers have a heart of interest for the things of God, but not an insatiable desire to comply with His expectations, God's heart is torn over the decision to reject them as His.  It is like a parent who has no other choice but to put an adult child out of the house because it would not comply with their authority and rules of conduct.  The parent loves the child because of a maternal bond, but will grieve over the decision to put them out.  God by His nature cannot tolerate our being lukewarm; blatant disregard for total surrender to do His will this is rebellion.   Old Testament Jewish law required that a child bent on rebellion be put to death by stoning (Deuteronomy 21:18-21).  As in the natural so it is in the supernatural, "I will spue thee out of my mouth."
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The Laodicean Christians, and all who are Lukewarm in their faith toward God, being deceived in believing all is well with their relationship with God, boast of being spiritually rich, increased with goods, and having need of nothing, unaware they are in spiritual poverty (wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked) v.17.  God implores, and pleads with the Lukewarm to set their heart to go deep in their relationship with Him.  To go deeper, for He wants to impart to them the riches of His knowledge and wisdom; His hidden riches, pearls, and mysteries, revelation that will astonish.  He wants to place upon them His righteousness, glory, and an overwhelming prevailing anointing on their life.  An anointing that not only has a positive effect on their own life, but also on the lives of those they would come in contact with, (Isaiah 58:8-14).
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"We can not walk in blatant disobedience, in "the way of sinners," and think God will not require it of us (discipline). For, He will not let us live out our newness of life that way."  God does not turn His back on the Hypocrite, Religious, Lukewarm, and even the Backslider, but will do whatever is necessary to get them to repent of their rebellion, and unacceptable standard of obedience.  He says, "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent." v.19
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It is His attention to our best interest, to make our walk with Him acceptable, that demonstrates His love for us. Some of the ways He will discipline us is through our finances, relationships, our health, and anything else to get our attention that He requires a "high standard" of conduct or behavior.  God allows difficulties and bad experiences to happen to us to draw us closer to Him, not to cause us to abandon Him.  The lifespan of our humanity is short, compared to eternity, therefore God says to the Lukewarm, "be zealous therefore, and repent," passionately pursue me, and do not procrastinate.
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Labour not  for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. John 6:27
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The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin (death).  Proverbs 10:16
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"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." v.20   This is God's desire for us, to have fellowship with Him, to build upon an intimate relationship with Him, and to fulfill His every expectation of us.  This is like a final word to all of the churches, and more specifically every individual believer in the church, no matter what is the condition of their relationship with Him that spans across the centuries.
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My FaceBook Timeline http://www.facebook.com/samuel.siders; some of the responses I have posted in answer to those who God has had me to shared with on AolAnswers and FaceBook can be found in the "Notes" section on my FaceBook Wall [timeline]; which contains more than 450 notes.

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My activity about sharing the Word of God with Muslims continues; this open door that the Lord has made available to me as an apologist is one where worldwide opportunities are made available (all English speaking people around the world from many different countries, races, and religious beliefs). It is WRITTEN in 1 Peter 3:15…” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" God wants us to know AND understand His Word (2 Timothy 2:15).
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DEFENSE FOR THE “ARCHKO VOLUME” http://www.scribd.com/doc/76537136/A-Definite-Appraisal-of-the-ArchkoVolume-Hubert-Luns...and http://www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/minister/MahanWilliamDennes.htm
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Conversations this week were more on the topic Jesus’ DEITY than other subjects; Muslims obviously DENY Jesus’ deity because the Quran denies it, despite the fact that the Quran supports Jesus’ virgin birth and Muslims reject Jesus is “begotten” because the Quran teaches THEIR allah does not “beget;” this is why those like me affirm Islam’s allah IS NOT Judaism’s Yehweh Elohiym. Since the Quran denies God “begets” Muslims refuse to reconcile God putting Jesus in Mary’s womb IS GOD “begetting” as the BIBLE VALIDATES He does.
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Islam has no concept of God as “Father;” therefore HE is no one’s Father. I share regularly with Muslims that since Mohammad did not KNOW God as Father this is why he rejected what JUDAISM in BOTH Canons SUPPORT, and under the New Covenant the ONLY WAY God will be FATHER to anyone is they MUST be “born again.” The New Birth is a use of the word “begotten” and as Apostle Peter wrote is the result of Jesus’ resurrection; without Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection there would not be any New Birth. 1 Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” The similitude of Jesus virgin birth is the New Birth that happens in those who receive Jesus as Lord and Savior; the key word is “through.”   
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I was invited to a new FaceBook page to discuss doctrine and theology with other Christians or at least those who profess to be Christian; I write this because not everyone who professes to be Christian is one [born again], and that CATAGORICALLY to be “Christian” is to believe Jesus is God, not just the Son of God. I have been having, which is still an ongoing, conversation to prove USING SCRIPTURE to validate the ONE TRUE God is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; not three persons (Apostles Creed uses persons) or gods, HE ALONE is the manifestation of ALL three, this also explains why all “three manifestations” are as ETERNAL as God IS [Elohiym/PLURAL masculine noun].
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A new theology one respondent believes, is that Jesus was not God from “the birth of His physical body until His water baptism when God’s Spirit descended on Him.” The man’s false claim is validated “in his logic” because Jesus did no miracles from His birth to His baptism; in our conversation I gave him plenty of Scripture to validate his conclusion is erroneous. One of the responses the man [Cornell] made is that Jesus died therefore He was not God because God cannot die; I was SHOCKED.
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For Cornell’s clarification, as I have to do for Muslims who think the way he does, Jesus’ PHYSICAL BODY is NOT God, but HE IS; the BODY Jesus was in died, Jesus DID NOT, and the Tanak validates Jesus is as eternal as His Father. Cornell did not agree Jesus is as eternal as His Father; therefore I gave him Micah 5:2 that VALIDATES Jesus is as eternal, and as Paul used Psalms 45:6-7 to validate Jesus is God, I use the reference to reconcile the ONE TRUE God is the Son as well. This is what I wrote for another person “Jesus is God, but God is not Jesus;” to explain this, the meaning is that Jesus’ physical body is not God, but He is because the ONE TRUE God IS ALL three.
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Since Jesus’ BODY is not God, this makes Jesus’ BODY 100% human; not part human, otherwise Jesus would be classified as a “demigod” despite the fact that Greek Mythology teaches the insemination of a god to impregnate a women for demigod’s to be birthed. Two things must be remembered about Mary’s pregnancy with Jesus is that God DID NOT inseminated Mary [Luke 1:35 validates this] and therefore for Jesus to receive His bloodline [birthright] to David’s throne God had to take from Mary’s DNA to FORM Jesus’ BODY in her womb, by doing this Jesus’ BODY …IS… 100% HUMAN; the fact that Jesus’ BODY had a spirit/soul of its own validates the “completeness” of His BODY BEING TOTALLY human [Luke 23:46]. A proof Jesus pre-existed His physical body is found in the quote Paul took from the Septuagint; Hebrews 10:5 “Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: "Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a BODY You have prepared for Me.
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Samuel    12/14/2014