I repeat the scripture again: “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:” (Revelation 3:17) – “naked” – spiritually with no robe of righteousness – and not knowing it!
Let us not be ignorant for while our Lord was still yet on earth, he warned us that it would be this way at the final wedding feast:
“And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:11-14)
You may have been “called out” of false christian religions to the light of the true church of God, but this does not mean you will be “chosen” in that final day. You and I have a responsibility to keep the lights of our fervent love for God and his truth and work, else we will be gathered out again into a lukewarm and dead religious condition – yet still calling ourselves “the church.”
“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” (Revelation 16:13-15)
Again, who was the revelation message written to? Check out for yourself, it was addressed to the church. So who is this warning to? It is to those claiming to be the church! Jesus does not waste his breath and words. There are serious needs facing us today that Jesus is warning us of! There are religious spirits that want to divide the church up into various splintered groups, and yet keep everyone satisfied that it is OK that way. These spirits want ministers to believe that they can continue on that way and God will never call them into account for what has divided sincere and faithful believers.
“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.” (2 Corinthians 5:1-3)
What do your spiritual garments look like? Are they spotted by fleshly ways and attitudes? Are they clean? Do you have the same garments that Christ first gave you when he washed you and made you clean?
“and knowest not…”
“For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:38-39)
The ark was the vessel built in the last days of the then known world to provide a heaven of safety from the judgment of the flood that destroyed all life on the earth. Only one family was on board and was saved. Today the church of God is that vessel that God has ordained to bring people safe through the judgment. Jesus Christ is the door to get on board and only one family, the true family of God, will be on board in the final judgment. We need to know we are on board and in it with all our heart! May God bless you to be found so on that final day.