2 Things I like


  1. From the note on Rev. 3:15 in the Net Bible:  Laodicea was near 2 other towns, each of which had a unique water source.  To the north was Hierapolis which had a natural hot spring, often used for medicinal purposes.  To the east was Colossae which had cold, pure waters.  In contrast to these towns, Laodicea had no permanent supply of good water.  Efforts to pipe water to the city from nearby springs were successful, but it would arrive lukewarm.  The metaphor in the text is not meant to relate spiritual fervor to temperature.  This would mean that Laodicea would be commended for being spiritually cold, but it is unlikely that Jesus would commend this.  Instead, the metaphor condemns Laodicea for not providing spiritual healing (being hot) or spiritual refreshment (being cold) to those around them. It is a condemnation of their lack of works and lack of witness.
  2. From Luther’s commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians.  Chapter 1, verse 3.  The greeting of the Apostle is refreshing.  Grace remits sin, and peace quiets the conscience.  Sin and conscience torment us, but Christ has overcome these fiends now and forever. 

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