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New Light for Laodiceans

Steve Wohlberg
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Steve Wohlberg

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  • October 2, 2016
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Dear Father in Heaven Father we pray for your Holy Spirit. Please be with us please speak to our hearts. Bless us now. He asked the name of Jesus are seen here. In my title is called new light. For Laodiceans and I'd like to read a little bit from the Spirit of Prophecy Volume one the page one hundred eighty six. Says I was shown and that the testimony to the Laodiceans applies to God's people at the present time. And the reason it has not accomplished a greater work is because of the hardness of their hearts. But God has given the message time to do its work. The heart must be purified from sins which have so long shut out Jesus. This fearful message will do its work. So there is power in the Laodicean message. When it was first presented it led to close examination of heart sins were confessed and the people of God were stirred everywhere. Nearly all believe that this message would end in the loud cry of the third angel but as they fail to see the powerful work accomplished in a short time many lost the effect of the message I saw that this message would not accomplish its work in a few short months. It is designed to arouse the people of God to discover to them their backs lightings and to lead to zealous repentance that they may be a virgin with the presence of Jesus and be fitted for the loud cry of the third angel. And that amazing. And then she says as this message affected the heart. It led to deep humility before God. So this tells us that the Laodicean message is very powerful that it leads to humility and that it's ultimately goal is to. Bringing to us the presence of Jesus into our hearts and then to fit us together the loud cry of the third angel. Now that's a lot when you say all right so let's take a look and let me just also over share with you. Another couple of sentences from Volume five about light. Now we know there's a lot of counsel that we need to be careful of when people say I have new light right. We have a lot of counsel about that but we have other counsel that says while that this is our volume five of the testimonies page seven zero six. Whenever the people of God are growing in grace they will be they will be constantly attaining a clearer understanding of His Word. They will discern the new light and beauty in its sacred truths. This has been true in the history of the church in all ages and thus it will continue to the end so that tells us that God has a lot of new light for us and that look in that new light comes from the word. It's an ever increasing understanding of the Scriptures and let's take a look at the lay of the sea in message because there is a light in this message that we need we desperately need verse fourteen and Jesus said to the angel of the Church of the Laodiceans write these things says the on man the faithful and the true witness the beginning of the creation of God. Now this tells us when Jesus introduces himself in this message he says that he is he IS TRUE see the word says that he is the faithful and the true witness So what we're reading he. Here is the truth and Ellen White talks about the the testimony of the true witness to the Laodiceans and that's what we're reading Jesus knows the truth he is the truth he speaks the truth His Word is the truth and what we are reading is the truth. Verse fifteen I know your works that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot. I will the New King James says I will vomit you out of my mouth. Which means that he is not able to speak our name in the heavenly courts he's not able to represent us before God because of our spiritual condition verse seventeen zeroes in on what I see as the heart of the problem. Jesus says because because you say here's the problem. I am rich. I have become wealthy and I have need of how much need of nothing so Laodiceans big problem is it is a need a problem. It doesn't sense a need for more of God for more of Jesus for more of his light for more of his presence. You say I am rich. I have become wealthy and I have need of nothing and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. Let me ask you how many of you have read this before many times now. It seems to me that a lot of times when we read this text. It seems to us. That the Lord is just telling us how bad we are and we look at these words with that with disdain. You know wretched miserable poor blind and naked and we just think you know that's that's rather a disgusting and the tendency is to think that that's not me. Which is you see that you know we tend to think this is and I'm not this. This is bad and I'm not this but Jesus is saying that he is the true witness. He tells the truth. And he's telling us that this is who we are we are these things we are wretched we are miserable. We are poor. We are blind. We are naked a number of years ago and I shared this with you the last time I was here in the alley when I was an edge an aversive me studying in at the seminary. In one nine hundred eighty. Four any five. I went through a terrible struggle. Out of it was a big battle and underneath my struggle. Which I didn't really understand at the time. Was my own self sufficiency. It was my own pride. It was my own basic human bent to say I'm rich and I'm increased with goods and I have need of nothing which really is the spirit of the devil because if you go back to Lucifer Lucifer's initial sin was pride right. He exalted himself. He said. Intially said I'm rich and increased with goods and in need of nothing. That's what he essentially said. And that's really what Babylon says as well when Babylon says I see it as a queen and a no widow and she'll see no sorrow and it's what Israel has said when it when it boasted it's what the fair city said when he said Lord thank you that I'm not like other men that I do this and this and this and I don't do this and this and this and I'm not like that poor publican over there you know that that data that poor wretched miserable blind last man. And so if you study the thread throughout Scripture the basic problem of human nature including my nature and your nature is self-sufficiency Celtic saltation and pride. So when Jesus puts his finger on that and addresses this as a Laodicean problem. He is really addressing the the core problem of sin of humanity that we just you know we think we're we're so good that we don't realize our need for G.'s us like we should. Now when I went through the struggle at Andrews and I'm going to I know the board members have to leave in a few minutes. So I'm going to I'm going to get to my point. Quickly when I was at Andrews. And it's a long story. I can't tell you all the details but in the midst of my darkness and in the midst of my struggle. My mind was directed to the Laodicean message and there were things that I learned about the Laodicean message and from the Laodicean message that and I think this is probably the only thing that kept me through my struggles and eventually brought me out. And it was it was the realization that words like a wretched miserable. For blind and naked or actually weapons from the Word of God from Jesus Christ Himself to help me to get through my struggle. They were they were weapons of God The Bible says that the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God and at some point in my struggle I began to take a close look at these words and I realize something that the words wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked these words these very words apply to the people that Jesus encountered in Matthew Mark Luke and John the people that he was able to help the people that he was able to heal in fact the greatest sermon or well I don't know if you can really pit sermons. What's what's better or not but I was going to say the greatest sermon Jesus ever preached was the Sermon on the Mount least this one of the greatest sermons ever preached at the Sermon on the Mount and Jesus starts out in the Sermon on the Mount the first thing he says is a blessed are who blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. So if you're poor in spirit your blast. That's a good thing isn't it. So when Jesus says you are wretched miserable poor and blind and naked. I learned when I was at Andrews through struggles that I need to embrace the word poor that the poor in spirit are the ones that are going to enter the Kingdom of God. Paul in Romans seven at the end of the chapter he said Oh wretched man that I am who will deliver me from this body of death and it was when he. He realized his wretched condition that was the condition it was his realisation of that his true condition that became the doorway for the Lord to deliver him. There's a lot of times in Matthew Mark Luke and John where blind people came to Jesus like Bartimaeus remember or the man the man who said all I know is once I was blind and now I see. And so it's those who really and Jesus said He said if you were blind you would have no sin but now that you say we see your sin remains so God wants us Jesus wants us to accept the truth of the Laodicean message he wants us to tell ourselves to fight our self sufficiency fight our pride with the Word of God and to quote scripture and to acknowledge the truth that I am wretched I am miserable. I am poor. I am blind just like Bartimaeus and I make it and the main point I want to tell you is that rather than that being something negative. That is extremely positive because you are the are then agreeing with Jesus Christ. You are acknowledging the truthfulness of the true witness who says I'm telling you the truth you think you're this but you're really this. And when you realize that you are this then that's when I can do things for you that I can't do in any other way so I battle with pride regularly as a public speaker. You know I'm in front of the crowd and I always have to be on guard. Of thinking I'm rich and I'm increased with goods. You know that I took to be tempted to think I just preached a good sermon or this or that or I'm something special. I'm on television. I write books and I constantly have to fight against the temptation to act like the devil and to think that I'm something when I'm nothing and I have learned that one of the greatest weapons that I have against the devil against pride against self-sufficiency against my natural human tendency to think more highly of myself and I ought to think is the words that Jesus gave the Laodiceans in Revelation Chapter three. So I can't tell you how many times I've said to myself I really am wretched I really miserable. I'm poor. I'm blind and I'm naked and to me that has become a very powerful positive weapon against the darkness of the devil and my own self-sufficiency and it creates within me it's soothing. It's a blessing. It's a tremendous avenue for power and then Jesus goes on in the next verse that once we He's basically saying once we realize our true condition. He says I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire which is faith and love refined in the fire of our trials that you may really be rich and white garments that you may be clothed and I tell you the only ones that she's a skin clothes are those who realize that they're naked. We have to realize the truth. We are wretched we are miserable. We are poor. We are blind. We are naked don't. Resists that don't resist that revelation accepted Jesus Christ is the true witness and he says this is the truth and when we realize we're poor then we can receive his riches. When we realize that we're blind. Then we can see when we realize that we're naked. Then he can clothed us with the white robe of his righteousness the white robe of his righteousness white garments that you may be clothed and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed and anoint your eyes with I south that you may see as many as I love Jesus is giving us this counsel because he loves us. I rebuke and chasten therefore be zealous and repent Behold I stand at the door and I'm knocking if anyone hears my voice and opens the door. I will come in to him and I will sleep with him and he with me. The goal of the Laodicean message is to bring to the people of God the presence of Jesus Christ Himself so that Jesus is dwelling within our hearts and the problem with Laodicea is that they don't feel their need. They don't feel their need. They say they are rich an increase with goods and those goods can be things the coal or spiritual they can be spiritual goods they can be the truth. We've got the truth. So we think we don't need anything. And Jesus because basically saying you need everything we need everything and then he tells us the truth about our condition and his goal is to get us to acknowledge the truth to accept the truth of who we are so that then the doorways can be open. So he can clothed us with his white robe of righteousness and he can come in with the power of the Holy Spirit. And he can dwell within us and he can open our eyes. So we can see. And so I'm trying to kind of give you the punchline because I know the board members have to leave but I would encourage you all of you and I'll talk more when they leave. That I would encourage all of you know. I've got more to say to you but all of us you know I need eyes Steve Walberg need the counsel of the true witness to me I need that counsel where he tells me I'm wretched miserable poor blind and naked and I have got come to the place where instead of resisting those words I have come to embrace them and I have said to myself over and over and over and over and over again. Lord I'm blind Lord I'm poor Lord I'm naked. I need your wisdom. I need your light. I need your power I need your presence. I need your strength. Now let me ask you when did we stop saying I'm poor in spirit or I'm poor. You know Jesus said blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. So when do we. When do we stop being poor. OK well in till he comes and maybe I mean they've even in eternity. We're going to realize that we are nothing without him. We're nothing without God we have nothing. We are nothing without Jesus. So at least that at least they will be until the second coming. I would say that will be poor and how long are we going to realize and think to ourselves. Lord I am blind in myself unless you help me to see you know when do we stop saying that. And when do we stop saying Lord I'm I'm naked without you I don't have the robe on without you and I'm trusting you and your righteousness to cover me. When do we stop saying that. And so are you getting my point. To me this was new light. It's not new light that contradicts the Bible because we need to be careful of that but it's new light from scripture. It's new light from Jesus it's new light in the Laodicean message for Laodiceans that it is that it is through embracing the scripture and the truth of the true witness and you know pride says no that's not me. It's not it's that person. It's oh it's over there. I'm not wretched I'm not miserable. I'm not poor. I'm not blind and I'm not naked and I'm here to tell you that the true witness says yes you are. Yes you are it's you it's me and the good news is you know it's OK for us to acknowledge that in fact that's the best thing that we can do if we acknowledge it. If we know it if we accept it. We are expecting the counsel of the true witness and we are then realizing our utter need for Jesus Christ. Another great point that I've learned is that when Jesus I can tell you to buy from me by well what do we buy with if you're wretched miserable poor and blind and they can then what do you buy with what you buy with your need your need is your currency. The more need you have the more you've got to buy when it says in Isaiah you who have no money come buy and eat. So if you have no money. What do you buy with your need. That's right. And how much of us have meaning you know way down there underneath our self-sufficiency in our pride in our thinking that we were OK and I need to be OK in order to be ready for for the Lord to come underneath that is a lot in the there's a pool. All of need. There's an endless amount of meaning and if we can just you know get underneath that self sufficient barrier and go down underneath that and embrace the truth of who we are based on the words of the True Witness wretched miserable poor blind and naked will realize we have a lot of need and the good news is the more need you have the more need you have to buy with the more currency you've got and so the Lord can bless you he can open your eyes he can come into your heart he can closely with his white robe of righteousness. He can give you his that his Holy Spirit and all the things that you need he can give you if you will embrace your need and the realization that you are absolutely and totally dependent upon him when I see the board members are on their way home. Barbara hope I gave you enough information. God bless you to remember. Yes that's right that's right. The more you fill your nakedness the more he can clothe you and he wants to clothe us. That's right. And so it's not you know it's that the Laodicean message is a masterpiece of counsel from the true witness to help Laodiceans to overcome the basic human tendency that we all have that goes back to the devil to be a self-sufficient and proud and you know we all have that problem whether we're seventy Aves there whether we're Baptist or whether we're current nad ICS or whether we're Catholics or whether we're Wiccans or whether we're atheists or agnostic. You know whether we're black or white or whether we're part of the L.G.B. Tea movement or whether we're not we all have the same basic human tendency to exalt ourselves and to think that we're fine and to think that we're better than other people we do and some of us have it more than others. But we all have that tendency and the Laodicean message is the antidote. It's the remedy to the basic human condition. So it's not just I think a lot of times on the surface we think the latest in messages just where Jesus Spanx us and tells us that we're bad. You know that's that's a surface view of the Laodicean message but made to see a message is really designed to reach to the root of our problem. The root of human sin and we need to get over the hump and we need to agree. Let's look at it again. Verse seventeen because you say that we are this. Then he says you do not know that these are the words of the true witness. You don't know. And so what does he want. What does he want us to do if there's something we don't know. Then he wants us to find out. That's right. He wants us to know and he wants us to know it. And how do we know it. We know it by believing what he says and believing what he says and embracing his words and I know the human tendency is to think I don't want to do that because I think that that's me. The tendency is to think I'm going to I'm going to be scared and I'm going to think that I've lost if I accept this as applying to mean. But the reality is accepting this as applying to you is the best thing for you. It's the best thing for you it won't hurt you. Now it might sting your pride. But it's not going to hurt you. Jesus says those who I love. I rebuke and I discipline. He gives us this counsel because he loves us and it applies to all of us there's not one of us and if there's one person here who thinks this council doesn't apply to me. Then. Really you're thinking like the devil. You're thinking that you are above the word of the Lord and that's how we got into this mess in the first place. And so when I went through a lot of my struggles and Andrews and beyond that one of the things that Jesus used to help me get through these struggles was the Laodicean message. It became a power in my life. It became a weapon to help me to fight against my own nature and to realize my need for a savior. It has been a tremendous blessing to me and has opened up the door for me to understand more about Christ's righteousness to understand more about the ice have of the Holy Spirit and to understand more about the gold a faith and love to understand more about. The white robe of his righteousness again verse twenty he says I want to come in. That's my goal. I stand at the door and knock anyone hears my voice and opens the door. I will come in to him and dine with him and he with me twenty one says to him who overcomes. I will grant. Went to sit with me on my throne. As I also overkeen. And have sat down and sat down with my father on his throne. So we need to be overcomers don't mean. That's what Jesus sense but now here's a key question how do we overcome. Do we overcome by thinking that we're good enough by building up ourselves. Know the way we overcome. We need to overcome our own natures. We need to overcome our own self-sufficiency. We need to overcome our own pride. We need to overcome thinking that we're better than other people. We need to overcome the basic human tendency that we got from the devil the same tendency that's in Babylon and says I see it as a queen. I'm not a widow and I will see no sorrow that is the sin that we need to overcome and the way we overcome if we could if I could say it this way is by Under coming. You go up by going down here who exalts himself will be humbled. He who humbles himself will be exalted. So the way we go up is by going down. That's how we overcome. He who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne. As I also overcame and sat down with my father on his throne. Verse twenty two he who has an ear. Let him hear. What the spirit. Sends to the churches. The Laodicean message really is a national from Jesus Christ to His people. It's the last message of the seven churches to the last people and those who experience this message and understand it they will be the ones who are prepared to give the last cry. And to receive the mattering that's what we're told. So let me let me close with the words that I started with in the testimonies of the section on the Laodicean message. And you know what. Here's the stand sense I just I just opened up to this. I think this was God's providence this is page one eighty one. Listen to this it says the testimony of the true witness has not been half heeded. The solemn testimony upon which the destiny of the church hangs has been lightly esteem. If not entirely disregarded this testimony must work deep repentance. And all who truly receive it will obey it and be purified his Nance not been. This wasn't even in my notes. I don't have any notes. I'm standing here without any notes. I did and this isn't even my at this isn't even my volume of the testimonies. I grabbed it over in the library and I just opened it up and that's what I just read and it's underlined. Wow. Can I read it again. Sure I will read it again. Volume one page one eighty one the testimony of the true witness has not been half heeded. This solemn testimony upon which the destiny of the church hangs has been lightly a Steen. If not entirely disregarded this testimony must work deep repentance. And all that truly receive it and obey it will be purified. Now I want to find the section that I started with I can I know I can find it quickly. OK Page one hundred five. This is what I started with I was shown this page twenty six I was shown that the testimony of the Laodiceans applies to God's people at the present time and the reason it has not accomplished a greater work is because of the hardness of their hearts but God has given the message time to do its work. The heart must be purified from sins which have so long shut out Jesus. So that's the goal of the Laodicean message is the presence of Christ this fearful message will do its work when it was first presented it led to close examination of heart sins were confessed and the people of God were stirred everywhere. Nearly all believed that this message would end in the loud cry of the Third Age will but as they failed to see the powerful work accomplished in a short time many lost the effect of the message I saw that this message would not accomplish its work in a few short months. It is designed to arouse the people of God to discover to them their backsliding and to lead to zealous repentance that they may be favored with the presence of Jesus and the fitted for the loud cry of the third angel as this message affected the heart. It led to deep humility before God is not powerful so to me. What I have learned the Laodicean message is the voice of the true witness to myself It is very very. Powerful. And it is something that we need to embrace. Something that we need to realize that we we are poor but Jesus that blessid are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven the amazing thing is when we realize we're naked. Then he clothes us when we realize we're poor then he can give us his riches. When we realize we're blind. Then he can open our eyes. So we can see it's the paradox of the kingdom. The paradox of the truth of Jesus Christ and it's in the Laodicean message and it's what we need and it's not a message to just spank us to be you know better people. If we just look at it on the surface we you know we thought see it as just he spanking us and telling us. You're so bad and I want you to be good but it's it goes deeper than out it goes deeper than that. It's his message to ultimately help us to feel our need so that he can live in our hearts. That's what it's all about makes sense. That's why I've called this new light for Laodiceans and it's light. That is right from the Word of Jesus Christ himself. OK Well I think I've said the main things I want to say and why don't we kneel together and let's pray. Heavenly Father. You told us that if we have ears to hear you want us to hear what the Spirit says to the churches and Lord we pray open are yours. Help us to realize that we're dead. We are deaf and through realizing that we're death then Lord. We can hear help us to embrace the truth that we're blind. We are blind. We're more blind than we think we are and if we accept that that we're blind. That's part of learning to see. Lord help us to realize the truth that were naked. Then we are naked and Lord clothed us with your white robe of righteousness. So the shame of our nakedness does not appear to help us to realize that we are wretched like Paul did he said Oh wretched man that I am who will deliver me from this body of death and then he said I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord Jesus. We don't want you to be knocking on the outside. We want you to come in we want your presence inside of us. Or maybe later to see a message and be the Holy Spirit work deep humility inside of ourselves forgive us for thinking that we are. In need of nothing forgive us for thinking that we're better than anybody else. Forgive us for exulting ourselves like the devil above you and above your words Lord May the revival that you want to accomplish in your people made move steadily forward in the hearts of your children get us ready for the loud cry fit us for the loud crowd the third angels message then so the Holy Spirit will be able to fall upon us and have no barriers. They will be wide open. Between us and you or thank you for giving me these words the lewd messages hope and pray that it will help your people to live in or we hope you enjoyed today's broadcast with Stephen Colbert We feel privileged to be a part of God's commission to share the gospel message with the world. 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