Hot, Cold, Or Warm?

“So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” -Revelation 3:16

Many times this verse is used in improper context.  We think that hot is on fire for God, cold is not living for Christ at all, while lukewarm is appearing to live for Christ but our hearts are not in the right place.

Well here is an interesting fact about this verse, but first some background.  This letter was written to the church at Laodicea.  The location is important because Laodicea was located near two bodies of water, one being a hot spring and the other a cold stream.   The hot spring was used as a place of bathing for the people, because of its pleasant temperature.  The cold stream was used as refreshing drinking water.

With this context it can be seen that that the speaker did not mean that hot was good and cold was bad.  Each served a different purpose for the community, but both were seen as wonderful.  The speaker was basically saying do not be lukewarm, be hot (like the hot bathing springs) or be cold (like the cold drinking stream).

Lukewarm was an applicable description for that community as well because when they tried using pipes to bring the hot spring water down from the mountain to the village, it became useless because it was just lukewarm, neither refreshing nor useful.

This story would be great for sharing in an older Sunday school class to give this verse a new meaning for kids!

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