Monday, October 3, 2011

The Justice of the People

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;
Revelation 3:14

Of all of the letters that Jesus dictated through John, the letter to the church of the Laodiceans is most troublesome.  Like Sardis, the Laodicean church never received a word of commendation from the LORD Jesus.  This being the case, we should pay extra close attention to this correspondence so that the grave errors committed by this congregation will not be repeated in our personal walk with Jesus.  We must heed the warnings given by Messiah and allow God to search our hearts through the presence of the Holy Ghost to be certain that the deception and blindness found here doesn't perpetuate in our relationship with Him.  

The name of the church and Jesus' introduction speak much about their condition.  Laodicea means "the justice of the people."  The letter reveals that the one who shed His blood to purchase their salvation had been left out of this human organization bearing His holy name.  The people, not God, were in control.  The devices, strategies, thoughts, ideas, doctrines, and methods of this professional church were men's inventions and not of the Holy Spirit's direction.  Therefore, Jesus immediately introduces Himself as "the Amen."  

It seems that everyone today is an authority on scripture.  The new science of textual criticism has many chasing the wind while trying to discern what is and what is not inspired in Holy Scripture.  Where was this lie of modern science throughout the ages past?  The recent development of such a study should be a hint as to its satanic origins. Take this warning!  When you begin to judge the Bible through a merely human lens and not by the illumination of the Holy Spirit and prayer, you have ceased being a student of God's word and are now an editor.  Are you that smart that you can tell God what should or should not be in His word?  

Add to this lie the many who interpret scripture any way they please. You can find preachers who place the broken, crucified Christ at the same level as Muhammad, Buddha, Krishna, or some other man.  Yet, none of these liars ever came back from the dead to validate their claims. This is why Luke wrote in Acts 4:12, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." It is why Jesus stands out as no other.  He worked miracles.  He was the fulfillment of two-thirds of Bible prophecy (with the other third being fulfilled at His second coming).  He was virgin born.  He was without sin.  He was crucified, buried and risen again the third day! He is surely coming again without sin unto salvation! Only Jesus stands out as no other man because only Jesus saves!  Only Jesus claimed to be man and God in one and proved His claims with infallible proofs! There is no other way to God but through Christ and the cross.  He is "THE AMEN", the final say, the final authority, the final word.  Quit believing a lie and follow Jesus the author and finisher of authentic faith!

The fact that He also introduced himself as the faithful and true witness also lets us know that there were many lies being bantered about in this "church".  It sounds like today.  Name a sin and I can find you a list of preachers that will say that it is not sin.  "Alcoholism is a sickness."  "Abortion is a choice."  "Homosexuality is a gift."  "Marriage is what law defines it as."  At the same time, living for God is seen as a sin by many of these "sons of heaven."  "Saying Jesus alone saves is harsh and intolerant."  "Holiness of life is only legalism."  "Don't be so judgmental."  It seems the church does need a faithful and true witness after all. 

Oh!  Creation!  Jesus said I am the Beginning of the Creation of God.  Without Him nothing was made that was made.  Of course, this name came because men had superseded the truths of God with the lies of men and held to them wholeheartedly.  No wonder Jesus--the Creator of all--is standing outside looking in.  Who do you believe Christ or men?  Let God be true and all men be liars!  Open the door for Christ--He is Soon2Come!

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