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Revelation Interpreted

From Revelation Interpreted by , pages 85-87


REBUKE

Verse 15 “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.”

The human consciousness is disposed to recognize both Spirit and matter as substance, and thus tries to serve two masters. It makes the ridiculous and self-defeating blunder of trying to render mental allegiance to two contradictory senses of substance at the same time,—in other words, tries to call both of two diametric opposites “real.” Lukewarm water is nauseating, while hot water and cold water are not. The mental attitude of the thorough-going materialist, who affirms that matter is the only substance, is more respectable and tolerable from a logical standpoint than is the attitude of those who affirm that both Spirit and matter are real.

WARNING

Verse 16 “So then because thou art lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.”

Such vacillating, divided, illogical mental allegiance or service is automatically rejected from the Christ-mind, and so is remanded to the realm of discord.

EXHORTATION

Verses 17-20 “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 eyesalve, 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 unto him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

The human consciousness thinks it is rich in its sense of matter under various pleasing forms, and is inclined to think that it has no other need than matter, if it can have enough of it, of the right kind. It does not appreciate that true riches are desirable states of consciousness,—namely, love, joy, and peace, that these can be obtained only from Spirit, God, and that, lacking these, it is “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”, no matter how many material “goods”, so-called, it may have. The Christ-mind counsels the human consciousness to obtain from it, as Spirit, that sense of sub- stance and good which neither fire nor any other agency can destroy, that it may indeed be rich; and it counsels the human consciousness to robe itself in righteousness, which is to be obtained from Spirit, not from matter, that it may be truly clothed. Otherwise, to a discerning sense, the shame of its nakedness will appear, no matter how fine the material rai- ment. Often one sees a woman whose body is carefully clothed with fine raiment; but the nakedness of her irritability, fretfulness, fearfulness, frivolity, impurity, uncharitableness, and the like, lays perfectly open to any beholder. She needs “white raiment, that she may be clothed, and that the shame of her nakedness do not appear.” The white robe of the truth will not merely cover up such mental poverty and wick- edness, but will destroy them. The understanding of Spirit as substance is the “eye-salve” with which we should anoint our mental vision, in order that we may be able to see truly. The true perception of substance, including the perception of all good, is constantly knocking at the door of every man’s consciousness. It is always at hand, ready to be learned, just as is the multiplication-table. If any man will open the door of his consciousness, by divesting his mind of preconceived false opinions, and by becoming teachable as a little child, all truth and good will come into his consciousness and experi- ence, and make itself at home with him.

PROMISE

Verse 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.”

The Christ manifests the authority of God, and he who conquers through the Christ-mind shares the authority of the Christ.




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