Lukewarm Christians are in trouble with Messiah Jesus. Paul warned they would abound in the last days.
“But understand this: In the last days terrible times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, without love of good, traitorous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. Turn away from such as these!” 2 Timothy 1:1-5.
In his letters to the churches, Jesus identified lukewarm Christians in Laodicean type churches and sternly exhorts them.
“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Originator of God’s creation.
I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other! So because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to vomit you out of My mouth!” Revelation 3:14-16.
The Amplified Bible puts verse 15-16:
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold (invigorating, refreshing) nor hot (healing, therapeutic); I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm (spiritually useless), and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth [rejecting you with disgust].”
Jesus rejects lukewarm Christians because they are not a pleasing temperature. They are not cold enough to be invigorated with the power of His Spirit. They are tepid instead of fired up for Jesus. His spiritual fire does not burn in their bones.
Jesus rebukes lukewarm Christians for their me attitude and wretched spiritual state, then counsels them to partake of his divine nature.
“You say, ‘I am rich; I have grown wealthy and need nothing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, white garments so that you may be clothed and your shameful nakedness not exposed, and salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Those I love, I rebuke and discipline. Therefore be earnest and repent.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me. To the one who overcomes, I will grant the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 3:17-22 BSB (Colossians 2:1–5; 1 John 3:11-23)
Unless note, scriptures from the Berean Study Bible.
~ Bill Bremer
Bill Bremer is Founder and Managing Director at Kingdom Relationships Colorado.