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LESSON 1 DOCTRINE OF GOLD

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LESSON 1 – DOCTRINE OF GOLD

 

A Study of Revelation 3:18 - (By W. G. Broadbent)

 

A SURVEY OF END-AGE CONDITIONS

 

Table of Contents

 

Part I VANITIES

A Doctrine of Vanities

 

Part II VERITIES

A. The Doctrine of Gold

B. The Doctrine of White Raiment

C. The Doctrine of Eye salve

 

VANITIES AND VERITIES

 

The purpose of this study is to survey the present worldwide spiritual arena and to obtain the assessment of Scriptural values that relate to what is found. If this is the end-age of the church on earth, then Scripture is very clear both as to what shall be found in the survey, and as to the values assigned. Inasmuch as we do find, that the conditions of the end-age, prophetically foretold, are indeed all about us, there need be no doubt that the end-age is this age of ours, and that the values are now current.

 

These values relate to both debit and credit in the spiritual accounts of the universe. The debits are vanities; the credits are verities. The vanities are wood, hay and stubble which will be burnt up and will not relate to anything outside this present world. The verities are gold and spiritual wealth which are real, and are verily verity now, here on earth, and which also stand to credit in heaven, and will continue to have value in eternity.

 

Unfortunately, vanity is the overwhelming feature of the age, both outside the church and within it. The vanities relative to spiritual life are so prevalent that Christ is offended and nauseated by them and His judgment is at hand. But nevertheless He counsels towards the verities, and if vanities characterize the age, verities do also continue in it. God’s Word is clear that to the end there will certainly be faithful persons and churches, who will have the Lord’s approval, and whom He will honour.

 

Shortly the church of God, the bride of Christ, will be called from this earth and translated to glory. “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye . . . we shall be changed” (1 Cor. 15:52). “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.~ and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words”. (1 Thess. 4:16-18).

 

When Christ ascended to glory from the Mount of Olives over 1900 years ago, the angels said to the little band of the apostles and disciples “This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven”. (Acts 1:11).

 

Jesus Himself said “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”. (John 14:3).

 

The Lord also was careful to describe the conditions that would exist in the world and in the church at the time of His return. The New Testament abounds with teaching describing the conditions that will immediately precede Christ’s return for His church. This event will terminate the present church era, for the church will then he translated, and its mission and work on earth will have ended.

 

The first days of the church on earth were of the greatest importance and significance. So also are the last days of the church on the earth.

 

It will not be possible in this study to consider all that Scripture teaches relative to the last days of the church-age, but it is proposed to give special attention to the last portion of Scripture which deals with this subject, and in the doing of this there will be opportunity to relate and review many other Scriptures which have the same subject in view.

 

The passage for special consideration is the final letter which the risen Lord dictated to John the aged apostle on the Isle of Patmos - The epistle to the church at Laodicea. All seven of the epistles so dictated by the Lord have historical, prophetic and didactic values, but the last of them — the letter to Laodicea — has a content which is the note and call and message of the moment to all His people living on the earth today. The letter is distinctively the Lord’s Word to the churches of our day — the churches of the End-age.

 

It is significant indeed that the Lord, after His ascension should reveal Himself in power and glory to give these final messages to the seven churches. They are messages of the utmost importance, and they reveal the Lord’s current interest in all that is done in His name by His church, down the whole period of church life and activity. They all apply in their measure today but the letter to Laodicea has its special message and instruction direct from the Lord to all “Who have ears to hear”. The passage is as follows: “These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God: 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 knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 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 eye salve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 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. 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. He that bath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. “ (Rev. 3:14-22).

 

With this passage especially in view, the present study is occupied first with the vanities that have produced the displeasure of the Lord. Then in more detail, under the caption “Verities”, the Lord’s counsel is considered. What is gold and white raiment? How are these treasures obtained? What is the significance of the eye salve to which the Lord refers, and how is it applied?

 

TEST – LESSON 1 – DOCTRINE OF GOLD

 

TRUE OR FALSE

 

1. Hay wood and stubble are vanities

2. There are faithful believers during all apostasy

3. When the Lord comes, he takes the living first

4. John the Baptist was the “faithful and true witness”

5. The Lord chastises His people

6. There is vanity even among believers

7. The church in this study is Ephesus

8. The message of Laodicea is the last to the church in the Bible

9. This church was very cold spiritually

10. Overcomers will sit with Jesus on His throne

 


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