Are You Lukewarm?
Rev 3:15-17 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowestnot that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: Too be neither cold nor hot is to be lukewarm, a very dangerous place be as a Christian. To be cold is to be born again and abide under the shadows of the old covenant. To be hot is to be born again and abide under the new covenant of his grace.
What is it to become a Lukewarm Christian? Well it simply means to mix the doctrines of the old covenant and the new covenant, in other words, to mix grace and the law. It is the same as sewing mixed seeds in the same field which was forbidden under the old covenant. It is the same like putting new wine into old wine bottles, or sewing new garment onto old garments, as explained in the parables of Jesus. Folks, the deception is this, as stated in the opening scriptures, some of these Lukewarm churches who are preaching a mixture of grace and law, in this be vigilant and watch out so you are not lured into their mist. Living in the New Covenant is living in the will of God(Heb 10:9). After Jesus did away with the old covenant and established the new covenant, it's deadly, foolishness and poisonous to mix the two, no matter the proportion, motive or sincerity.
You can't mix, the old with the new, law with grace, works with faith, flesh with Spirit, water baptism with Holy Spirit baptism, tithing with free will giving, communion with pieces of bread, juice from the shops with communion of the person of Christ, fasting from food with feasting on the person of Christ, self righteousness and God's righteousness, Sabbath keeping with having the Lord of the Sabbath, anointing oil (Olive oil) from the shops with Holy Spirit anointing etc.
Paul doesn't say RIGHTLY MIX, he says RIGHTLY DIVIDE between the two (2 Tim 2:15). John says, mixing the two is being lukewarm to be vomited out (Rev 3:16,17). New is new if it's new, otherwise, it's not new, grace is grace if it's grace, otherwise it's not grace (Rom 11:6).
Once the New system was established, the old system became obsolete. Embracing the New is embracing the will of God. “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.”Mark 2:22 Have you ever wondered what Jesus was referring to when He shared on the new wine and old wineskins? He was referring to the mixture of the two covenants. The new wine represents the new covenant of grace, while the old wineskin represents the old covenant of law.
Have you ever seen old wineskins? They are brittle, hard, and inflexible. That’s the law. It is inflexible. And when you pour the new wine of grace into the old wineskin of the law, you will lose both because the wineskin will be ruined and the wine will be spilled. The virtues of both the old and the new covenants will be cancelled out and lost.
I received a letter from a friend who experienced a mixture of law and grace. When he received his salvation at the age of seventeen, he experienced unconditional love for the first time in his life as God’s mercy and grace washed over him. In the beginning, he said that church was a joy as they worshiped, shared, and prayed.
But within a few years, he succumbed to a works mentality and began searching the Scriptures to discover what he needed to do. Having lost his joy and peace, he was tormented by thoughts of “not doing enough for God.” His hope was reignited when he chanced upon one of teachings on face book. He said, That tiny spark of hope later burst into flames and set me free. Wow!
God’s grace is real and it doesn’t depend on my ‘doing enough for Him.’ No more works that are motivated by guilt and shame that left me exhausted, overwhelmed, and drained. My peace and joy returned a hundredfold, and I was able to relax and enjoy my relationship with God, my family, and fellowship. God’s grace is amazing!”
Beloved, don’t allow a mixture of law and grace to invade your heart and mind. God hates mixture because it robs you of the freedom, peace, and joy that come from resting in His Son’s finished work. It robs you of the power to reign in life through the abundance of His grace!
You cannot put new wine into old wine skins. Jesus says, mixing the two is loosing both (Matthew 9:16,17). But if you just focus and meditate on His grace and goodness toward you and your family, like Kirsten, you will see His grace abundantly provide for you.
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