In all these letters, Jesus never preaches the Law without the Gospel. Here, even the luke-warm are spurred on by the Good News of v. 21.

BibleGateway: Revelation 3:14-22

ESV Text: Revelation 3:14-22

Revelation 3:14-22 (Listen)

To the Church in Laodicea

14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.

15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’” (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 3

     14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 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. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 324:
Jesus Sinners Doth Receive

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Jesus sinners doth receive; 
Oh, may all this saying ponder 
Who in sin’s delusions live 
And from God and heaven wander! 
Here is hope for all who grieve– 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

2. We deserve but grief and shame, 
Yet His words, rich grace revealing, 
Pardon, peace, and life proclaim. 
Here their ills have perfect healing 
Who with humble hearts believe– 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

3. Sheep that from the fold did stray 
No true shepherd e’er forsaketh: 
Weary souls that lost their way 
Christ, the Shepherd, gently taketh 
In His arms that they may live– 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

4. Come, ye sinners, one and all, 
Come, accept His invitation; 
Come, obey His gracious call, 
Come and take His free salvation! 
Firmly in these words believe: 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

5. I, a sinner, come to Thee 
With a penitent confession; 
Savior, mercy show to me 
Grant for all my sins remission. 
Let these words my soul relieve: 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

6. Oh, how blest it is to know; 
Were as scarlet my transgression, 
It shall be as white as snow 
By Thy blood and bitter Passion: 
For these words I now believe: 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

7. Now my conscience is at peace, 
From the Law I stand acquitted; 
Christ hath purchased my release 
And my every sin remitted. 
Naught remains my soul to grieve,– 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 

8. Jesus sinners doth receive. 
Also I have been forgiven; 
And when I this earth must leave, 
I shall find an open heaven. 
Dying, still to Him I cleave– 
Jesus sinners doth receive. 


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