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Lord knew all about the church in Laodicea, and He knows all about our church and all about us too! Jesus
wants us to be hot or cold, never lukewarm. Some say ‘I am rich’ and need nothing.’ However, in reality we are
‘wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked’. If we invest in pure gold (refi ned righteousness from God) we will
become rich. We will wear the white clothes of forgiven penitents to cover our ‘shameful nakedness’.
The Lord will open our eyes to see. Jesus can see us exposed in our sinfulness as though we were naked before
Him. This rebuke comes because the Lord loves us, therefore we must repent.Verse 20 is graphic and clear:
‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat
with him, and he with me.’
If we overcome, we obtain authority, power and intimacy with Jesus.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Paul writes, ‘For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud
command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise
fi rst. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in
the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.’
It is clearly set forth in the Scriptures that Jesus Christ will bodily and visibly return to Earth. In the Old
Testament there are prophecies which can be fulfi lled only by our Lord’s return. In the New Testament there are
over 300 references to Christ’s second coming.
Christ said, ‘And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also
may be where I am’ (John 14:3). Jesus wants us to change. The benefi ts of obeying the Lord are great indeed.
Lord Jesus, thank you for speaking clearly into our lives. Help us to hear and obey you. Amen.
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