WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN THE LORD JESUS SAYS: “BUY FROM ME GOLD REFINED IN THE FIRE”, AND “WHITE GARMENTS”, USE “EYE SALVE”? –continued-

Posted by Elfriede Copple

REVELATION 3:18  [Jesus speaking]
I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” (NKJV)

Last week we unpacked the meaning of “gold” – “refined in the fire” – “buy from Me gold” and why we should do that. This week we will look at the meaning of “white garments” and “eye salve”.

WHY AND HOW DO WE BUY FROM THE LORD JESUS CHRIST?

Now, before we get to the white garments I would like to share some information I found in the John MacArthur Study Bible with regard to the “gold”, “white garments” and “eye salve” concerning the church of Laodicea. In those days Laodicea was the centre for three major industries which were banking, textiles and medicines.

MacArthur Study Bible commentary quotes:
Jesus offers them the spiritual counterparts to their three major industries. Each item was a way to refer to genuine salvation.”
(pg. 2807, comment on Revelation 3:18)

The spiritual counterpart to banking would be “buying gold from Jesus” becoming pure and righteous through His sacrifice. Spiritually “white garments” would replace the textiles and “eye salve” the medicines.

What does “white garments” stand for? I think we can all agree that “white” is the symbol for “purity”. How can we stay pure in today’s world and society? Not easy with all the temptations around us! There is only One who can assist us and make us strong to stand against the temptations of this world and that is Jesus Christ! Having been baptized in the Holy Spirit when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we can have the strength to withstand evil. If we read God’s Word and listen, the Holy Spirit within us will guide and protect us.

Buy white garments from Jesus by abiding in the Word, obeying what we read in the Word, and listening to the Holy Spirit through reading the Word!

Let’s continue to the “eye salve”.

Eye salve was one of the major industries in Laodicea. We use our eyes to see, unfortunately not everyone can SEE the TRUTH! Jesus urges the Laodiceans and us to anoint our eyes with eye salve so that we will be able to see the Truth and won’t be deceived!

Most of us have eyes to see, but do we always see the Truth? Or are we blinded by the enemy?

Matthew 6:22-23
The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (NKJV)

2 Corinthians 4:4
whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

There were a lot of different “gods” in Laodecia to be worshipped. The Christians were under great pressure not to fall into idolatry. Their eyes saw all those different gods and rituals going on around them, and the eyes transmitted that to the brain to entice them to follow since it looked good and participation could prosper you! The enemy was trying to sell it to them in whatever package possible. That’s why Jesus told them to buy “eye salve” from Him so that they would see the Truth, that they would be able to discern right from wrong and stand firm!

How do we buy from Jesus?
Quoting Nadia Mikhael M.D. from her book
“Women of the Bible made a Difference”
pg 41, paragraph 4: “remember your ABCDs:

Accept the Word of God as truth,
Be faithful in reading it,
Commit to its ways, and
Do what it says!”

How are we doing? Are our eyes wandering? Do we need to buy “eye salve” from the Lord?


TO GOD BE THE GLORY!


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WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN THE LORD JESUS SAYS: “BUY FROM ME GOLD REFINED IN THE FIRE”, AND “WHITE GARMENTS”, USE “EYE SALVE”?

Posted by Elfriede Copple

HOW DO WE BUY FROM THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND WHY?

REVELATION 3:18 [Jesus speaking]
“I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” (NKJV)

Let’s try to unpack this!

Gold is used figuratively for purity or righteousness! Referenced from:
A – International Standard Bible Encyclopedia Online  (under 5. Figurative, line 4)
“Refining of gold is a figure for great purity”.
B – H. A. Ironside says in his New Testament Commentary (mantisbible.com) that it is “divine righteousness”.

1 Peter 1:7 “that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,” (NKJV)

-refined by fire– “God uses trial and suffering to separate the believer from those things that hinder fellowship with God and growth in the spiritual life.” quote from H. A. Ironside.

Are there circumstances, thoughts, or relationships in your life that need to be put to the fire test?

Getting back to “purity” and “righteousness”.  JESUS IS PURE AND RIGHTEOUS! GOD’S WORD IS PURE AND ENDURES FOREVER  (Proverbs 30:5; 1 Peter 1:25)!  As humans, we cannot behave righteous out of our own strength all the time, we will stumble when we go by God’s standard for righteousness. (Exodus 20:2-17 Ten Commandments)

So how do we achieve “righteousness” in God’s eyes – buy “gold” from Jesus and why?

We need to be cleansed from our sin/unrighteousness. This is achieved by Jesus Christ taking upon Himself all the world’s sins, and taking the punishment – the death sentence that we deserve, and dying a terrible death on the cross!
2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

GotQuesitons.org comments: “On the cross Jesus exchanged our sin for His perfect righteousness so that we can one day stand before God and He will see not our sin, but the holy righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

How can Jesus’ death cleanse us from our sin and unrighteousness when Jesus is quoted in John 15:5c saying: “Apart from Me you can do nothing“,?

This is the easy part! We need to become part of Jesus, part of His body the church; Jesus is the Head of the church and the believers are the body. You can become part of the body when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (NKJV)

John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I amthe way,the truth, andthe life.No one comes to the Fatherexcept through Me.” (NKJV)

Repent of your sins, turn away from them, confess them to God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. Believe that Jesus died on the cross for you/us, was buried and rose again on the third day. Invite Christ into your heart and life! That’s how you become a part of the body!

Buy GOLD from Jesus by obeying, abiding and reading daily God’s word the Bible.

Acts 16:31 “So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved,” (NKJV)


We will continue with the “white garments” and “eye salve” next week.


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TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

EVER WONDERED TO WHICH OF THE SEVEN CHURCHES MENTIONED IN REVELATION YOU BELONG TO?

Posted by Elfriede Copple

Bible Study Notes on the Church of Philadelphia!

In our weekly Bible Study we finished chapter 3 this past week. Now we have looked at all the Seven Churches! However, today, I would like to share some Bible Study Notes on Chapter 3 Verses 7-13 covering the church of Philadelphia.

The message in chapter 3:7-13 is to the church at Philadelphia which means “Brotherly Love” as they have faithfully kept God’s Word and have been righteous and faithful in all the counsel of God.

William MacDonald (New Believer’s Bible Commentary) says: “By having been true believers they will be raptured, and they will be kept out of the seven-year Tribulation Period.”

This is the church which goes by the principles and prescriptions of the New Testament.

This is the church we desire to emulate.

We, like the church at Philadelphia want to be ever pleasing to our God (Philippians 2:13; Colossians 1:10a; 1 Thessalonians 4:1b; Hebrews 13:21) and see every soul in His flock receive blessings referred to in the Book of Revelation (1:3; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14). There are two more blessings in Revelation, but these refer to the saints who will come to believe during the Tribulation Period (Revelation 14:13b; 16:15b), and it is our prayer that all in our midst will be raptured, either from the grave or while still alive and will not have to go through the Tribulation Period.

Sincere confession of Jesus Christ involves commitment to Him as Lord and the One and Only Savior. The indwelling Holy Spirit guides each believer to walk worthy of the calling and to be pleasing to Him
Philippians 2:13  “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
Colossians 1:10a  “that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him,”

We need to stay focused and listen to and apply God’s Word to be pleasing to Him.
1 Thessalonians 4:1b  “you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;”
Hebrews 13:21  “complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

We also need to remember the price He paid for our souls. And we need to stay motivated by the hope we have of His soon coming appearing to take us up alive forever.
Revelation 14:13b  “‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’”
Revelation 16:15b  “Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”


TO THE GLORY OF GOD!


Note:  Scripture quoted was taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

SEARCHING THE PROPHECIES IN THE BOOK OF DANIEL AND WHAT ABOUT THE ANTICHRIST?

Posted by Elfriede Copple

According to Warren Henderson, in his book: INFIDELITY and LOYALTY – A Devotional Study of Ezekiel and Daniel, the last 6 chapters of Daniel “pertain to future world empires, the Tribulation Period and the Kingdom Age and provide telescoping detail of particular events within future kingdoms“. (pg. 306 para. 4)

Warren further lists (pg. 308 para. 3-5) that:

Daniel 2-6 – The prophetic history of four future Gentile empires, including their moral characteristics, distinguishing features, failures, and their final judgment; this culminates with the setting up of Christ’s kingdom.”

Daniel 7-11 – The prophetic history of the four final Gentile empires, but with a divine focus on their relationship with and treatment of God’s covenant people.”

Daniel 12 – The conclusion and prophetic announcement of the Antichrist’s destruction, the resurrection of the just to enjoy Christ’s kingdom with a refined and restored Jewish nation and the resurrection of the wicked to everlasting torment.”

We also learn from his commentary that “Babylon is a symbol of the religious world throughout Scripture” (pg 311 para. 6) which I think would include today’s world!

Today’s religious world isn’t any different than in Babylonian times. Many have forgotten to seek God’s face and pray. Prayer seems to have taken a very low position in a Christian’s life when it should be the first thing we turn to every day. Our Lord God loves us unconditionally and wants to communicate with us. We talk to Him in prayer and He talks to us through His Word!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (NKJV)

Just think about it. God the Father made this sacrifice and Jesus His Son willingly went to the cross, died a torturous death, so that we can be forgiven of our sins and receive the gift of eternal life, if we are willing!

How does God define “sin”?

The 10 Commandments say – not to steal, cheat, lie, murder, and more. Most people would say that they are good people, and have never murdered or stolen anything so they should go to heaven!

Unfortunately, that is a lie of the enemy = Satan!
Like “Oh, it’s just a white lie!”
Doesn’t matter! God is a just Judge!
OR
I only took a pencil or paperclip!
Doesn’t matter, it’s still taking something that didn’t belong to you or me even if of little to no value!
You may say that if we apply this STANDARD then NO ONE can qualify for heaven and everyone will go to the lake of fire! And you are right!

God says in Romans 3:10 “As it is written There is no one righteous no not one.”

BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS!

Jesus said in
Matthew 4:17 “….Repent.”
Mark 1:15 “….Repent.”
Luke 13:3 + 5 “….Repent.”

We are all given the opportunity to repent of any wrongdoings against God’s laws, ask God for forgiveness and turn away from sins; believe that Jesus died for our sins and rose on the third day; invite Jesus into our heart, and receive the gift of eternal life!

Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”  AMEN

Looks like I got off topic here! But then all of God’s word is important. Even though it’s important to know the signs and understand the Book of Revelation and Daniel, most important is to spread the Gospel!

Anyone who would like to study more of Daniel’s prophecies and how to relate to Revelation, Things to Come, and the Last Days check out the following resources:

Listen to Warren Henderson as he teaches the Book of Daniel -10, 11+12 June 2016 TEACHINGS – THE BOOK OF DANIEL

Warren Henderson’s book “INFIDELITY and LOYALTY – A Devotional Study of Ezekiel and Daniel available at GOSPEL FOLIO PRESS


Let us know what your thoughts are. We would like to hear from you.


All Scripture quoted is from the NKJV