Buy Gold Tried in the Fire

“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.” (Revelation 3:18)

Jesus’ counsel to overcome this horrible lukewarm spiritual condition requires people to do three things. All three must be addressed for sucess in our day and age! They are: “gold tried in the fire”, “white raiment”, and “anoint thine eyes”.

First the gold – in particular Jesus states two things about it: a) you can’t get it anywhere – you must buy it from me, b) this gold must be tried in the fire:a gold bar

a campfire“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” (1  Corinthians 3:11-15)

The true gold can only come from Jesus Christ – you must go directly to him for real salvation and true faith. You cannot rely on parents, friends, even the pastor – to get your salvation. The only way they can help is by truely pointing you to the throne of God and helping you, from the true depths of your heart, to do business directly with Jesus.

The fire will try every man’s work. If his work has built gold into his spiritual house – fire will not burn gold, it will only purify it. But fire will burn up things that are spiritually “wood, hay, and stubble.” Where did the spiritual wood, hay, and stubble come from? Not from Jesus. Jesus only sells us things that are of true lasting spiritual value, and then he further purifies what he sells us with the fire of the Word of God and the fire of trials. This is why he instructs us “to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich.” A lukewarm love and devotion will cause you to buy the idea that spiritual wood, hay, and stubble is good enough – but it will bring you spiritual poverty when the time of the trial by fire comes.

But note again, Jesus said you must “buy of me gold tried in the fire.” You must “buy” it. This is an expression not often used within the context of what we receive from God. But Jesus uses it here to drive home an important point if we are going to get help. We need to see this as something highly valued and desired so much that we are urgent to pay any price for. We live in an age of convenience and complacency. Until we become desparately earnest, we will not be willing to pay what it takes to obtain a faith that has been tried in the fire!

Gold melted by the fireIt is your faith that needs to be tried. Your faith is likened to gold – but gold that is fully purified by fire can be stretched to the thinest and finest degree, but yet not break – because it is pure gold with nothing else mixed. This is the type of faith we need to overcome lukewarmness. Else when the trial by fire comes, we’ll seek for the comefortable place of ease, rather than face the battle head-on and stick to the difficult race. A large part of this battle of faith is against the lukewarm, indifferent religious condition of the so-called “christian” faiths! We are either going to fight the lukewarm, indifferent condition with fire, or we will be overcome with it!

“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:7)

6 responses to “Buy Gold Tried in the Fire

  1. May God, the Almighty Father continue to try our faith that we may only be strengthened in our commitment to serve before His throne. May praise and honour be given to Him and grace and peace be given to us from now henceforth and forever.

  2. I’ve been fighting lukewarmness for a long time. Please pray that my faith will not fail but be strengthened with encouragement from brothers and sisters in Christ. I am a prodigal daughter who is trying to come back home, but the way seems to be neverending. Thank you and love you all in Christ.

  3. NJL – do you have holy and faithful to Jesus brothers and sisters, that are not lukewarm themselves, to encourage you? It is critical to one seeking to “come back home to Christ” that they have true helpers to their faith to inspire and encourage you to be true – and quite frankly, to tell you the whole truth!

    We will pray for you that God would help you to “try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1) You need to be able to discern by using the Word of God to give you light on true brothers and sisters. Many warnings on this:

    “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:18-23)

    Do you know true brothers and sisters that can help you?

  4. God’s blessings to all my brothers and sisters come let’s reason together for we are the sheep of His pasture praise the lord!!

  5. God bless Jesus can help us fight lukewarm states cuz once we are wrapped in righteousness and hold the righteous breast plate we ca. Ask Jesus what we need to know to keep us from sinning

    • Amen! The truth is that we can keep from sinning, through the grace and power of the Lord Jesus Christ. We must love him first every day and maintain a close and faithful walk. Taking time in the morning to commune with him in prayer and some reading of his Word. And again also in the evening. It is a love deep within that we keep burning by the Holy Spirit within.

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