So many people right now who profess to be waiting for the second coming of Jesus Christ, do not have on the garment of Christ’s righteousness. And what did Jesus say about those who do not have on the proper garments? … Matthew 22:13 …’And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ … Jesus confirmed that those who do not have the right wedding garment (the righteousness of Christ) will be forever lost and cast into the lake of fire. We might ‘profess’ to be followers of Jesus, which is why the man in the parable is actually AT the wedding. But a mere profession does nothing for us. We must have the garment of Christ to be saved.
“Oh yes, Jesus died for me on the cross!” … The message of the gospel – of Jesus dying for our sins, has become so formal and plain that there is no power in it anymore in our churches!
2 Timothy 3:5 …’Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.’
Do you not realize what God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ did for us? Their great sacrifice should break every one of our hearts and cause us to fall on our knees and proclaim, “Father, I am yours! And all I have is yours! What would you have me do?”
The Son of God, the Majesty of heaven, the King of kings, our Creator, left His exalted positionnext to His Father in heaven and came down to this wretched, sin laden earth, and took on our fallen nature. This Majesty, this King of kings, the Prince of heaven, was rejected by His very own people, whom He led from bondage. And He so humbled Himself that He even bore the shame of the cross. Jesus didn’t just die for us, He died on a cross, in between two thieves!
Oh what love! Behold the Lamb of God! This love of God and the sacrifice made needs to be our daily thought and contemplation. Then, as we “behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us.” (1 John 3:1), we will draw nearer to our blessed Saviour. And Jesus will draw near to us and heal us.
The reason why Laodicea is so wretched and sickly, is because the professed people of God have only a “surface knowledge” of the truth. But they have failed to put that knowledge into a real living and active faith in Jesus Christ. They think they are “rich” through their mere knowledge. But in reality, because their faith is not an active, true regenerating faith, they are wretched and poor, and this condition is utterly repulsive to our Holy God.
Without Jesus dwelling in our hearts, our religion is dead formalism!
“Are not the symptoms of decay and declension painfully visible in the midst of the Christian churches of today? Spiritual death has come upon the people that should be manifesting life and zeal, purity and consecration, by the most earnest devotion to the cause of truth. The facts concerning the real condition of the professed people of God, speak more loudly than their profession, and make it evident that some power has cut the cable that anchored them to the Eternal Rock, and that they are drifting away to sea, without chart or compass.” (Review and Herald, July 24, 1888)
Revelation 3:16 …’So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.’
“As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel’s message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition … Those who have assumed the ornaments of the sanctuary, but are not clothed with Christ’s righteousness, will then appear in the shame of their own nakedness.” (Maranatha, p.196)
So what must we do to remedy this condition? We must enter into a true personal relationship, by faith, with our Redeemer, so that He can turn our lives from poor and wretched, into righteousness in Him … Revelation 3:18 …’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.’