Dr. Stephen Phinney
'I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot;
I wish that you were cold or hot. 'So because you are lukewarm,
and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.
Seriously, what is really being said by Jesus in this passage? After many years of working with leaders and students of the Bible, I can say this. Most dismiss this passage by attaching this warning to others who suffer with the extreme version of being lukewarm in their faith. Sad to say, this is not the case.
While the generalized conclusion of the Christian populous is correct, the warning was given to all self-proclaimed Christians who cannot see the authentic meaning and function of being indwelt by Christ. This is any and all of us who have allowed our pleasantries to shadow the believer's ability to share in the sufferings of Jesus. The warning includes people who use Grace as an excuse, legalist that use the Law to motivate others, and the group that uses the Word to sustain their evil.
I will spit you out of My mouth.
I cannot think of a more horrific statement. Does this mean that the audience is fake Christians that our Lord has not digested? Does Jesus test our authenticity before receiving a person into His body? Is He referencing the group who follow Him verses being indwelt by Him? These are all great questions. And, I have asked the Lord these perplexing questions.
Recently, I have been awakened by the Lord in the middle of the night, usually after a soul stirring "nightmare." I awaken each time in a fright. First of all, I would like to say having the gift of prophecy is no picnic. Those who have been belabored with this gift know what I am talking about. It is daunting and relentless.