Firstly, I want to praise the Most High God for taking such wonderful care of us, always! This past Sabbath, we woke up to a frozen water intake pipe. We were certainly not happy about that, of course! But I crawled under our mobile home with my hair dryer and dealt with it. I went down with much prayer because the last time this happened, it took most of the day to thaw. It still took a while this time, but we serve a prayer-answering God! We are especially thankful that nothing has frozen since then. My husband figured out how to block the gap that was letting too much cold air get at the pipe. Praise God!
While I was working on the pipe, God showed me the object lesson in it. Why is it a problem to have a frozen pipe? Especially if it is plastic, so it won’t burst even if it freezes. The problem, of course, is that you don’t have water. Water is critical to life, so a frozen pipe is a very big problem.
What does water represent in the Bible? Two things: the Word and the Spirit.
What do people often call Laodicea? The “Frozen Chosen”.
So, what doesn’t flow through Laodicea? The water of life, the Holy Spirit.
I dealt with the frozen pipe by applying heat. Fire, the primary source of heat, is also a symbol of the Holy Spirit. But how do we apply the fire of the Spirit to Laodicea to melt their hearts?
The Answer According to Inspiration
Will those who profess to believe the truth listen to the words of Jesus? He has said, “I am come that ye might have life, and that ye might have it more abundantly.” “I am the bread of life.” “I am the good Shepherd, and I lay down my life for the sheep.” Will those who are called by his name believe that the children of God are very precious in his sight? Let us consider what the Lord has done for us. Shall not the love manifested toward us be appreciated, shall it not be permitted to melt our hearts, to humble our pride to the dust? Such was the breadth and length and height and depth of the Saviour’s love, that he willingly laid aside his honor, his high command in heaven, and clothed his divinity with humanity, in order that he might become man’s substitute and surety.E.G. White, Review and Herald, 4/18/1893
Is There Really Hope for Laodicea?
Though the professed followers of Christ are in a deplorable condition, they are not yet in so desperate a strait as were the foolish virgins whose lamps were going out, and there was no time in which to replenish their vessels with oil. […] There is yet a chance to remedy their state, and the Laodicean message is full of encouragement; for the backslidden church may yet buy the gold of faith and love, may yet have the white robe of the righteousness of Christ, that the shame of their nakedness need not appear. Purity of heart, purity of motive, may yet characterize those who are half-hearted and who are striving to serve God and Mammon. They may yet wash their robes of character and make them white in the blood of the Lamb. […]
Jesus counsels you to have your eyes anointed with spiritual eye-salve, in order that you may discern the fact that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked, that you may exercise repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. The plan of salvation is not half discerned. … Men do not take in the fact of how great an act of condescension it is on the part of Omnipotence to stoop to unite the divine with the human, to impart the Holy Spirit to the repenting transgressor of his holy law. God became man, clothing his divinity with humanity, and thus humanity has been elevated in the scale of moral value with God. But how great was the condescension of the Father and the Son to consent to the working out of the plan of salvation to save the transgressors of Heaven’s exalted law!Ibid., 8/28/1894
Will we receive the Laodicean Message and let it melt our hearts of ice and stone? Will we pray earnestly for a fuller grasp of the Plan of Salvation and God’s great love for us? I hope you will join me in pleading for that eye salve!