Avoid pride and self-deception; they are the unconquerable foe.
“Because you say, ‘I am rich,have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ – and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.” Revelation 3:17, NKJV. Believers who are in Laodicea’s condition have convinced themselves that they have it. They have developed the best thought-out doctrines and teachings, and only they have the correct understanding of the Scriptures. They have decoded and sorted out the prophecies. They lack nothing except the latter rain to enable them to lift- up their achievements in understanding the Scriptures. There is nothing wrong with well-thought-out doctrines and teachings. Often these are helpful. However, Christians should be on guard from falling into the snare of the Laodicea’s type of self-deception. Believers in the Laodicea’s kind of self-deception must realize they need the early rain. The latter rain cannot come unless the early rain comes first. The Laodicea must have something to proclaim. The latter rain does not bring the message; it provides the power to declare the message which sprouted and grew because of the early rain.
The needed message is the “everlasting gospel,” the good news that the world must hear. The Laodicea-type Christians must acquire the Gospel, Jesus Christ. Only then will they receive the power, the latter rain, to proclaim the message. Jesus referred to Him as the ‘gospel of the kingdom.’ Matthew 24:14. Our knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures, no matter how impressive, should not be the message we proclaim. The good news, the message is not a thing but a person. Jesus Christ is the Good News that Christians must proclaim. Therefore, the believers in the Laodicea-type Church must pray urgently for the early rain, Jesus Christ. When the believers surrender themselves and place their trust in the blood of Jesus Christ only, the Holy Spirit will give them the early rain, and they will understand the Gospel. When this happens, the latter rain will come, as promised, to empower them to proclaim the message.
Their self-deceiving pride so blinds the Laodicea-type Christians in what they have achieved on their own that they do not recognize their miserable condition. Accordingly, they do not understand, and they do not experience the power of the Cross of Christ. They titter between themselves and Jesus Christ. They do not understand that Jesus calls to Him the disciples, not partners and companions. The yielded believers do not work in Christ; Christ works in them. Philippians 2:13. They have sacrificed themselves so that Christ can live in them. Galatians 2:20. Jesus neither condemns nor commands the Church in Laodicea because He knows they are self-deceived. Therefore, He counsels the Laodicea, “Buy from Me the message you are to proclaim.” Revelation 3:18. The good news, Jesus Christ, is more than the best gold.
The open door. Next blog.