William Bradford Institute
for Study of the
Early Settlement of America

Two Cures for Lukewarmness

by C.H. Spurgeon

It seems to me that my text (Rev. 3:17,18) accounts for the lukewarmness of the
Laodiceans. They were lukewarm because they imagined themselves rich when they
were poor. Two conditions will help us to escape lukewarmness. The one is to be
really rich in grace; for they that have much grace will not be lukewarm. Grace
is as a fire in the soul, and he that hath much of it, so as to become an
advanced Christian, cannot but have a heart boiling with earnestness. The other
way is to have but little grace, but to be painfully aware of it, to be deeply
conscious of soul-poverty, to sigh and cry because you are not what you should
be. There is no lukewarmness in a strong desire caused by a bitter sense of
need. The poor man, poor in spirit, conscious of his imperfections and failures,
is never a lukewarm man, but with sighs and cries coming out of a heart that is
all on fire with a desire to escape out of such a sad condition, he besieges the
throne of God that he may obtain more grace. These Laodicean people were
unhappily in such a state that you could not get at them. They were not so poor
that they knew they were poor, and therefore when the poverty-stricken were
addressed, they said, " These things are not for us: we are increased in goods."
They were blind, but they thought they saw; they were naked, and yet they prided
themselves in their princely apparel, and hence it was hard to reach them. Had
they even been outwardly worse, had they openly sinned, had they defiled their
garments with overt transgression, then the Spirit might have pointed out the
blot and convicted them there and then but what was to be done when the mischief
was hidden and internal? Had they been utterly cold and frost-bitten, then he
might have thawed them into living warmth; but such was their puffed-up notion
of themselves that one could not convince them of sin, or awaken them to any
sense of fear, and it seemed likely that after all the Lord must needs spue them
out of his mouth as things he could not endure. How far this may be true of any
one of us may God of his infinite mercy help us to judge each one for himself.


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