A Door Open to the Throne (Revelation 4:1-6)

A Door Open to the Throne (Revelation 4:1-6)

If we only look at the details of the vision these chapters we would get distracted and not understand what is going on. But there is a center, and it is a majestic throne. It is a very great encouragement that the very first thing that John saw in the center of the Universe is a Throne! I say that Christ on the Throne is the center of everything and the anchor needed for the soul!

Discipline and Love (Revelation 3:14-22)

Discipline and Love (Revelation 3:14-22)

Whether we are talking about Luther or if we look at David – or anywhere else you look at true repentance, it always points us to the reality that Repentance equals unrelenting dependence on God – a life of it! The very thing that Laodicea lacked. They thought they had need of nothing. So Jesus rebukes them in LOVE. Yes, that is right, in LOVE. True LOVE has teeth. We are apt to presume upon Christ’s love and assume it excludes discipline – and that lets in evil leaven, lending strength to flesh. The amazing truth that Jesus declares to them in v.19 is that without discipline you cannot know love!

Laodicea, Free Food (Revelation 3:14-22)

Laodicea, Free Food (Revelation 3:14-22)

Laodicea’s problem was that they said “I have need of nothing!” When a Church of God speaks like this it leaves a TASTE in Jesus’ mouth … a taste he wants to vomit out! Jesus gives the church a straightforward command if they want to avoid being Jesus’ throw-up, and that is BE ZEALOUS and Repent! Zealous means earnest or Fervent. This is what Jesus means by Hot and COLD… He is not saying either be Good or Bad, but rather be Passionate / fervent to Christ. Jesus is saying – you’re not satisfying to me because you think you have NO NEED of me, you have no Fervor! – Let me tell you, “you can never be too fervent for Christ!”

Thyatira Trouble with Tolerance (Revelation 2:18-29)

Thyatira Trouble with Tolerance (Revelation 2:18-29)

Thyatira was a pretty good church, it had all three of the primary graces of Christianity. But it had the wrong kind of tolerance. Jesus directs the most council to this church because of the seriousness of compromise when it comes to the essentials of our faith and the conduct of our worship. The solution Jesus gives is to know Him as the Son of God, and to observe carefully what he does.