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Be Zealous and Repent
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            Scripture: "Those whom I love, I reprove and chasten; so be zealous and repent." (Rev 3:19)

The Holy Spirit spoke these words to the LaodicaeaChurch in Chapter Three of the Book of Revelation.  This message is a ringing theme in the last book of the Bible: All Christian churches must listen to the Holy Spirit, be zealous and repent.  As we read from the Revelation, we learn that all the five churches have fallen away from the truth and become degenerate.  God is love but repudiates sin.  He never treats the sinful as sinless.  He demands that all true children of God must repent and turn to Him.

Spiritually speaking, Laodicaea, the seventh church in the list, represents the world church in the end-time.  She is described as being “neither cold nor hot.” Self-complacency and self-conceit is her spiritual and ideological trait.  This church might have had some accomplishments, but she has compromised with the world and is short of the glory of God.  Although she professes that she lacks nothing, she suffers from spiritual poverty, blindness and nakedness (Rev 3:1 7).  What a wretched Church body in the sight of God!

Church history attests to the fact that the perfect apostolic church established by the Holy Spirit in the first century was unfortunately deteriorating (2 Cor 1 1:4, Gal 1:6-9).  Now the restored true Church in the end-time (Hag 2:9) must progress from imperfection to perfection (Rev 21:2,3; Eph 5:26-27).  She is the bride of Christ and the true fold where the Lord will call His sheep to become one fold under the Good Shepherd.  Every Christian must be zealous for the Lord's work and be repentant of wrongdoings.  In order to sit in the future marriage feast of the Lamb everyone must be filled with the Holy Spirit and true knowledge of His will, while striving to be a valiant Christian soldier.

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