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Luke Warm

Jesus’s admonition about being lukewarm is found in the book of Revelation, where He addresses the church in Laodicea through the apostle John. This passage is a part of the letters to the seven churches in the Book of Revelation, where Jesus critiques and counsels each church.

Bible Verses:

Revelation 3:15-16 (ESV):
“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”

Three Takeaways:

  1. Commitment is Essential:
  • Jesus emphasizes the importance of being committed and zealous in our faith and relationship with Him. Being lukewarm—indicative of indifference or a lack of enthusiasm—suggests a spiritual complacency that is unacceptable to Christ. He prefers a state of being that is either fully committed (hot) or outright rejecting (cold) rather than a middle ground that indicates a lack of genuine faith and passion.
  1. Self-Deception and Spiritual Poverty:
  • In the context of the Laodicean church (Revelation 3:17), Jesus points out the danger of self-deception where one might think they are spiritually rich and in need of nothing, but in reality, are “wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” This teaches us the importance of self-examination and humility, recognizing our need for Jesus in all things and avoiding the trap of complacency and spiritual arrogance.
  1. The Need for Repentance and Zeal:
  • Revelation 3:19 says, “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.” This indicates that the call to avoid lukewarmness is not one of condemnation but of love and invitation to transformation. Jesus is urging believers to recognize their spiritual state, turn back to Him with zeal, and live out a faith that genuinely reflects their love for Him and His teachings. This transformation is evidence of a living and active faith that impacts every area of life.

Jesus’s message to the Laodicean church is a wake-up call to all believers, urging us to assess our spiritual temperature and to pursue a passionate, committed relationship with Him. This passage reminds us that a half-hearted faith is unsatisfactory and challenges us to live fully and passionately for Christ, relying on His grace and strength.


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