Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the newest edition of what you have been missing. Yep, it is another wonderful day to talk about our lord Jesus Christ. Wait a minute, that sounded a bit too simple for my liking, let me rephrase the sentence.
Yep it ‘s another wonderful day to talk about, to give praises and thanksgiving, to honor and acknowledge; He that holdeth the seven stars in His right hand, Who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. The first and the last, which was dead, and is alive. He which hath the sharp sword with two edges. The Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and His feet are like fine brass. He that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars. He that is holy, He that is true, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth. The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God. He which searcheth the reins and hearts. Our lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth is His name.
Well just as stated in the book of Palms chapter 92 verse 1. I myself can testify to the fact that, It is truly a marvelous thing to give thanks and praises unto the most High. Lets discuss about a common adage; “All that glitters is not gold”. This saying is quite popular and has been further popularized by famous authors like William Shakespeare in the Merchant of Venice, JRR Tolkien in the lord of the rings and so on. The phrase in my opinion means that appearances can be deceptive and that things often are not what they seem to be.
That appearances can be deceptive is no new news however most people only use this adage in reference to other people, products, deals, contracts and so on but never in reference to oneself, spirit or soul.
Nonetheless Upon reading the book of Revelation chapter 3 verse 17-18,
17 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:
18 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.
I couldn’t help but notice that, in my own view, the message in verse 17 is exactly the same as that of the adage. However in this case it’s referring to us i.e. our spirit, our soul. Verse 17 of this chapter is telling us that we should not be deceived by our outward appearance. That one may be outwardly wealthy, handsome or beautiful, lacking for nothing, not knowing that ones soul, in reality is wretched and starving, having no true treasures staked up for oneself in heaven, only striving for the vanities of life. Forgetting that it is written in Matthew chapter 4 verse 4 that; “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God“.
Furthermore in Verse 18 our Father in heaven counsels us to purchase true gold from him, refined in the fire i.e. the true gold which does not only glitter, which comes with out sorrows and which is valid both here on earth and in heaven. Our father in heaven further counsels us to purchase from him white raiment that we may not be naked and eyesalve that we my see. Mind you, in this verse the word “buy” is used. This is to make us understand that there is a price to be paid. Yes! you read correctly, even our Father in heaven does “trade by barter”. The price may be ones pride, ones money, ones time or that thing which one loves so much that it’s taken up the place of God in ones life. Yes our Fathers price, for those who cling to vanities, is not easily paid just like the young man learned, who asked Jesus Christ what he has to do to inherit eternal life.
In Matthew chapter 19 verse 16-22:
16 ¶ And, behold, one came and
said unto him, Good Master, what
good thing shall I do, that I may
have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why
callest thou me good? there is none
good but one, that is, God: but if
thou wilt enter into life, keep the
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus
said, Thou shalt do no murder,
Thou shalt not commit adultery,
Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not
bear false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy
mother: and, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto him,
All these things have I kept from my
youth up: what lack I yet?
21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt
be perfect, go and sell that thou
hast, and give to the poor, and thou
shalt have treasure in heaven: and
come and follow me.
22 But when the young man heard
that saying, he went away sorrowful:
for he had great possessions.
Finally, in conclusion, I would counsel everyone who happens to stumble on this post, myself included, to brace up, suck up what ever pride that withholds us from believing in our Lord Jesus Christ, the son of God by whom we are all justified, and pay the price for Gods true wealth in heaven. For the coming of the lord is at hand.