Posted by Elfriede Copple


REVELATION 3:18 [Jesus speaking]
“I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” (NKJV)

Let’s try to unpack this!

Gold is used figuratively for purity or righteousness! Referenced from:
A – International Standard Bible Encyclopedia Online  (under 5. Figurative, line 4)
“Refining of gold is a figure for great purity”.
B – H. A. Ironside says in his New Testament Commentary (mantisbible.com) that it is “divine righteousness”.

1 Peter 1:7 “that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,” (NKJV)

-refined by fire– “God uses trial and suffering to separate the believer from those things that hinder fellowship with God and growth in the spiritual life.” quote from H. A. Ironside.

Are there circumstances, thoughts, or relationships in your life that need to be put to the fire test?

Getting back to “purity” and “righteousness”.  JESUS IS PURE AND RIGHTEOUS! GOD’S WORD IS PURE AND ENDURES FOREVER  (Proverbs 30:5; 1 Peter 1:25)!  As humans, we cannot behave righteous out of our own strength all the time, we will stumble when we go by God’s standard for righteousness. (Exodus 20:2-17 Ten Commandments)

So how do we achieve “righteousness” in God’s eyes – buy “gold” from Jesus and why?

We need to be cleansed from our sin/unrighteousness. This is achieved by Jesus Christ taking upon Himself all the world’s sins, and taking the punishment – the death sentence that we deserve, and dying a terrible death on the cross!
2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

GotQuesitons.org comments: “On the cross Jesus exchanged our sin for His perfect righteousness so that we can one day stand before God and He will see not our sin, but the holy righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

How can Jesus’ death cleanse us from our sin and unrighteousness when Jesus is quoted in John 15:5c saying: “Apart from Me you can do nothing“,?

This is the easy part! We need to become part of Jesus, part of His body the church; Jesus is the Head of the church and the believers are the body. You can become part of the body when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (NKJV)

John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I amthe way,the truth, andthe life.No one comes to the Fatherexcept through Me.” (NKJV)

Repent of your sins, turn away from them, confess them to God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. Believe that Jesus died on the cross for you/us, was buried and rose again on the third day. Invite Christ into your heart and life! That’s how you become a part of the body!

Buy GOLD from Jesus by obeying, abiding and reading daily God’s word the Bible.

Acts 16:31 “So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved,” (NKJV)

We will continue with the “white garments” and “eye salve” next week.

Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comment section. We would love to hear from you. Also if you like this blog, please share it with your friends. Thank you for reading. God bless you!


Author: Mike and Elfriede

For the past 15 years Michael Copple has studiously devoted his life to the Lord by preaching the Gospel and moderating Bible studies. He is a 1958 Eagle Scout, holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering, and achieved the highest US Air Force enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant with over 26 years service, one year of which was with Forward Air Control duties in Vietnam. For three years he was the senior enlisted member of the US Air Force Academy Wings of Blue Parachute Team; he has performed over 2,000 parachute jumps and accumulated over 15 hours of freefall. During his parachuting years Mike experienced a mishap of being a “hung jumper” outside the aircraft, and serious parachute malfunctions like a deadly seesaw night jump entanglement with another jumper, and an 85 mph wind shear which almost took his life. This experience inspired and qualified him to author the novel Calling from the Sky. A former world-wide electronic service engineer for 16 years with a semiconductor equipment manufacturer, he and his wife Elfriede currently live in the Canadian Rockies surrounded by 6 National Parks. Besides studying God's Word, they both like to exercise, cross country ski, hike, garden, and walk their dog Kansas. Visit him at https://www.michaelcopple.com/

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