Verse of the Day
(May be more than one verse)
August 17-20, 2019
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Revelation 3:14-20 - Jesus' Message to Lukewarm Churches
Laodicea was an actual place in Bible times. This letter was written to the Christian church there, but it applies universally to all churches that are in the same condition as the Laodicean church.

Verse 14: "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans [referring to people in the Laodicean church who were professed Christians, or who claimed to be saved (born again),] [the apostle John was directed to] write; These things saith the Amen [the Lord Jesus Christ], [who is] the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God [or 'the king of creation'] [i.e., in addition to being Creator of the universe, Jesus has purchased our salvation by dying on the cross and paying our sin debt, and he is head of the Christian church]; "

Verses 15-16: "I
[Jesus] know [from] thy [your] works [i.e., the things that you do and have done], that thou art [you are] neither cold nor hot [spiritually]: I would [prefer that] thou wert [you were] cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm [indifferent to the things of God], and neither cold nor hot, I [Jesus] will spue thee [vomit you] out of my mouth." [In other words, many members of the Laodicean church (and others like it) were (and are) in danger of being rejected and cast aside by God.]

Verse 17: [The reason I (Jesus) will 'spue thee out of my mouth' is] "Because thou sayest, I am rich [with worldly things], and increased with goods [possessions], and have need of nothing; and [because you] knowest not [do not know] that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked [all in a spiritual sense]:"

Verse 18: "I
[Jesus] counsel thee to buy of [from] me[,] [with (or through) faith,] [pure] gold [that has been] tried [refined] in the fire [meaning 'true and undefiled religion'], [so] that thou mayest be rich [you may have spiritual riches]; and white raiment [white robes, or garments of salvation], [so] that thou mayest be clothed [with my (Jesus') righteousness, or the righteousness of Christ], and [so] that the shame of thy [your soul's] nakedness do not appear [in heaven]; and [I (Jesus) also counsel you to] anoint thine [your] [spiritually blind] eyes with eyesalve, [so] that thou mayest see [the truth, and understand the gospel]."

Verse 19: "As many as I
[Jesus] love, I rebuke [criticize, reprimand] and chasten [discipline]: be zealous [enthusiastic, full of zeal] therefore, and repent [change your thinking]."

Verse 20: "Behold, I
[Jesus] stand at the door [to your heart], and knock: if any man [or woman or child] hear my voice, and open the door [of his (or her) heart] [to me (Jesus), through prayer, and invites me in], I will come in to him [or her] [and will save him (or her)--from hell], and will sup [dine, or have fellowship/companionship,] with him [or her], and he [or she] [will sup] with me."

If you are lukewarm and/or unsaved, Jesus may be knocking at the door of your heart right now. Won't you please let him in?





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Revelation 3:14-20 - Jesus' Message to Lukewarm Churches
Laodicea was an actual place in Bible times. This letter was written to the Christian church there, but it applies universally to all churches that are in the same condition as the Laodicean church.

Verse 14: "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans [referring to people in the Laodicean church who were professed Christians, or who claimed to be saved (born again),] [the apostle John was directed to] write; These things saith the Amen [the Lord Jesus Christ], [who is] the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God [or 'the king of creation'] [i.e., in addition to being Creator of the universe, Jesus has purchased our salvation by dying on the cross and paying our sin debt, and he is head of the Christian church]; "

Verses 15-16: "I
[Jesus] know [from] thy [your] works [i.e., the things that you do and have done], that thou art [you are] neither cold nor hot [spiritually]: I would [prefer that] thou wert [you were] cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm [indifferent to the things of God], and neither cold nor hot, I [Jesus] will spue thee [vomit you] out of my mouth." [In other words, many members of the Laodicean church (and others like it) were (and are) in danger of being rejected and cast aside by God.]

Verse 17: [The reason I (Jesus) will 'spue thee out of my mouth' is] "Because thou sayest, I am rich [with worldly things], and increased with goods [possessions], and have need of nothing; and [because you] knowest not [do not know] that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked [all in a spiritual sense]:"

Verse 18: "I
[Jesus] counsel thee to buy of [from] me[,] [with (or through) faith,] [pure] gold [that has been] tried [refined] in the fire [meaning 'true and undefiled religion'], [so] that thou mayest be rich [you may have spiritual riches]; and white raiment [white robes, or garments of salvation], [so] that thou mayest be clothed [with my (Jesus') righteousness, or the righteousness of Christ], and [so] that the shame of thy [your soul's] nakedness do not appear [in heaven]; and [I (Jesus) also counsel you to] anoint thine [your] [spiritually blind] eyes with eyesalve, [so] that thou mayest see [the truth, and understand the gospel]."

Verse 19: "As many as I
[Jesus] love, I rebuke [criticize, reprimand] and chasten [discipline]: be zealous [enthusiastic, full of zeal] therefore, and repent [change your thinking]."

Verse 20: "Behold, I
[Jesus] stand at the door [to your heart], and knock: if any man [or woman or child] hear my voice, and open the door [of his (or her) heart] [to me (Jesus), through prayer, and invites me in], I will come in to him [or her] [and will save him (or her)--from hell], and will sup [dine, or have fellowship/companionship,] with him [or her], and he [or she] [will sup] with me."

If you are lukewarm and/or unsaved, Jesus may be knocking at the door of your heart right now. Won't you please let him in?





Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets to the above verse(s),
I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke, Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry
(which can be found online) and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs,
I also refer to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem Bible Church.
Word definitions are taken from online dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


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Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 19

1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.
4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
6 Many will entreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.
8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.
17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.
23 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.


Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets
to the above verse(s), I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke,
Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry (which can be found online)
and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs, I also refer
to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem
Bible Church. Word definitions are taken from online
dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


*  *  *  *  *

Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 19


1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.
4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
6 Many will entreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.
8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.
17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.
23 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.