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Tepid Christians

Text: Revelation 3:14-22    IBCWPM   May 10, 2006

Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar

 

   The word "tepid" means lukewarm, halfhearted, indifferent and unenthusiastic. It's not a good adjective to describe a believer. But the believers in Laodicea were noted by the Lord as "lukewarm" because He was not pleased by their spiritual state.

 

   The Lord wants believers to be faithful and enthusiastic in their Christian service so they may powerfully proclaim the message of salvation and show the unspeakable joy of salvation. Lukewarm attitude toward serving God is a sign of irreverence and selfishness. It's a way of showing one's lost of interest on the things of God. It's an unfair inclination into the side of the adversary. It's a traitor-like attitude toward the Lord Jesus Christ who loved us, shed His precious blood and gave His life for us sinners so we may have hope of eternal life.

 

   In Revelation 3:14, it is written, 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; (KJV) This passage from the Bible reminds us that the Lord is mindful of His Church. He is the Truth and trustworthy Savior. He is faithful and worthy to have the preeminence, and He is delighted to see faithful believers proving what is right, and shining for the glory of God.

 

   As we study the message to the Church at Laodicea, we could see that "Tepid Christians" are victims of worldliness, pride and selfishness. Their sweet fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ was shattered because of love of the things in the world. In I John 2:15-16, it is written, Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (KJV) May God speak to us in a great way through these verses so we may not become lukewarm Christian, but be "on fire" in serving the Lord.           

 

                    (I) God Knows The Tepid Christians

     Revelation 3:14-15

     -God knows our spiritual condition

 

   In verse 15, the Lord said, "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot". We cannot hide anything from God. Jesus knows those who are faithful and unfaithful. He knows the consistent supporters of His Ministry and those who have indifferent attitude toward Christian principles. God knows those who really love His Word, the prayerful believers, the cheerful givers, the consistent Church goers and those who are unquestionably involved in the spreading of the Gospel of Christ. Truly, He knows the spiritual condition of His children.      

 

                   (II) Offensive To God

   Revelation 3:16

   -Not pleasing to the Lord

 

   God wants our whole heart for Him. Half-heartedness is offensive to God. Lukewarm believers are not pleasing to Him. In verse 16, the Lord said, "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." How shameful we are if we are counted lukewarm before the Lord. We must not grieve the Lord, but please Him in all things. In I Thessalonians 4:1, it is written, Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. (KJV)    

 

                   (III) Deceived By Worldly Things

       Revelation 3:17

 

   The Laodiceans possessed an unreliable weighing scale. They were deceived by their own carnal mindset. In verse 17, it is written, 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. (KJV) Weighing ourselves using our own weighing scale is unreliable. We must see ourselves as God sees us so we could see our spiritual blunders. As a good result, it will be easier for us to repent and keep right with God.       

 

    -They must take heed of the counsel of God    v18

    -In need of correction      v19

    -In need of fellowship with the Lord    v20

    -In need of spiritual strength         v21

    -In need of spiritual sensitivity      v22

 

   The world is full of deceitful things and the devil uses them to trap people so they may become his slaves. True Christians must be aware of the devil's tricky manipulations so they will not fall into his trap. True believers must be attentive to the Word of God and live by it. It's wise way to avoid the traps of the adversary.

 

   God does not want His people to become spiritually lukewarm and weak. He wants us to be strong and victorious in all areas of our lives. In Revelation 3:21, it is written, 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. (KJV) Through this encouraging passage, we are reminded that Christians are on the winning side. For this reason, we must walk circumspectly and behave wisely because every step of faith we do for the Lord Jesus today will be rewarded.

 

   Don't be a tepid Christian! Be and an intrepid believer for Christ! 

   

                  

 

 

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