DEVOTIONAL PAGE - "Brethren, I have written a letter unto
you" (Hebrews 13:22).
August 19, 2019
Jesus bluntly informed the Laodiceans
they were spiritually "naked" (Rev.
3:17) and this was a "shame" (3:18).
They were stunned and embarassed. But
things are quite different today.
celebrates nakedness - at our beaches,
in our magazines, on our TVs, in our
movies, on the Internet. This is one of
many signs telling us we are in a
Laodicean condition spiritually. And
The Laodiceans were spiritually naked
because they were carnally minded, lived
for fleshly (worldly) purposes, namely,
materialism and pleasure, and may also
have been practicing the immoral
"worship" (fornication) of the local
temples with their friends, neighbors,
and business associates - trusting, of
course, that Jesus wouldn't mind. But He
did mind, and said so.
Biblically, nakedness speaks of several
things. After drinking too much wine,
Noah, though a saint, became drunk and
in his stupor, naked. Thus, drunkenness
- including intoxication with any kind
of worldliness - is nakedness.
Peter was "naked" (barechested and
clothed only with a loincloth) when
Jesus surprised him one morning (Jn.
21:1-17). His impatience with Christ's
plan had moved him to a self-led return,
if only temporarily, to his former
occupation. Thus, his nakedness
represents being self-led.
Isaac and Rebekah may have been naked
when from his elevated palace Abimelech
spied them "sporting" in what they
thought was their private courtyard. If
so, their nakedness represents foolish
or unwise actions.
Bathsheba was naked - bathing in plain
sight of David's palace - when, well,
you know the story. As inexcusable as
David's sin was, did Bathsheba's
decision to expose herself in the line
of his sight also contribute to his
initial meltdown of lust (though not his
further sins). If so, her nakedness may
represent Christian women exposing too
much of themselves before men, thus
tempting them unnecessarily, say, like
sunbathing in skimpy bikinis?
Before God's eyes - and this is what
really counts - nakedness occurs when He
looks down upon our thoughts, motives,
conversations, and actions and does not
see Jesus' righteousness
consistently manifested. That alone
is the "robe of righteousness" He wants
to see covering us.
When spiritually naked, our reasoning
leads and the Spirit waits. We walk in
our old ways and ignore God's ways. We
indulge our bodies and starve our
spirits. We live for the "things that
are in the world" (1 Jn. 1:15) and
forget "those things which are above"
(Col. 3:1). We have insatiable hunger
for politics, sports, entertainment, and
gossip and none for the Bible, prayer,
worship, and ministry. When Jesus looks
on us in this condition He is grieved.
Our "flesh," or old, unredeemed nature,
is showing - to Him and others all
around. We're naked and, like the
Laodiceans, unaware of it.
Michael Brown said sometimes when the
late Leonard Ravenhill would emerge from
prayer, anguished, he would exclaim,
"Mike, the bride is naked and she
doesn't know it." This testimony from
such a deeply spiritual man of God and
prayer is telling. In the Spirit
Ravenhill saw and shared Jesus' grief
over the carnal condition of His people.
His people in our generation. In this
last, Laodicean generation!
In this sexually crazed world, the
partying pagan public is crying, "Let's
get naked!" But above us another One,
with pierced brow, back, hands, and
feet, is calling us, "Let's get
Jesus wants his bride clothed with God's
Word. With prayer. With obedience. With
Christ's love. With His humility. With
faithfulness. With fellowship. With the
generous support of evangelism,
missions, and Bible distribution. With
enduring patience in long, challenging
tests. With cross-bearing - without
self-pity! With sacrificial worship.
With sharing the gospel whenever we can.
With preparing for Jesus' appearing.
That's quite a wardrobe and it's time we
start wearing it!
Greg Hinnant Ministries
PO Box 788, High Point, NC